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Homecoming week boosts spirit at Rocklin High School

Students get in celebration mode
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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School spirit was in full-swing Tuesday as Rocklin High School students dressed in lime green hats, hot pink tights and florescent yellow tops to kick-off homecoming week. Their jam-packed week includes daily dress-up days, float construction, homecoming court voting, lunchtime activities, Friday’s rally and homecoming game with a much-anticipated half-time show and Saturday’s homecoming dance. This year’s homecoming theme was voted as Broadway – each class has a different theme for their floats, skit and spirit days: freshman voted for “Grease,” sophomores voted “Phantom of the Opera,” juniors are “Hairspray” fans and seniors voted on “The Lion King.” Each theme must be carried out in each class’ float and 30-second skit accompanying the float at Friday’s half-time show, said Tyler Garrison, one of the float coordinators. Before the floats are unveiled, they’re judged on uniqueness, school spirit, relationship to the Broadway theme and if it gets the crowd’s reaction. But the float construction and unveiling isn’t the only thing students have to look forward to throughout the week. To get the school pumped for the upcoming game, a rally will be held Friday afternoon. “Everyone gets really into it,” said junior Shaina Campbell, the rally coordinator. “I’m really excited for the opening because it’s going to be really good.” Students’ reenactment of “Chicago,” is the rally opener, with the dance team dancing in a jail sell, Campbell said. Everyone expects the opening to be good, Campbell said, and this year is no exception. The royal court’s princes and princesses are announced at the rally and a selected crew from Rocklin’s version of the television show “America’s Best Dance Crew,” will grab a 60-second spot to perform (it’s down to the three-person crew of Anonymous B Boys or the group called Argyle, with the winner determined by crowd-applause). To keep the spirit flowing, every day has a designated theme for attire – Monday was pajama day, Tuesday was neon, Wednesday was Broadway-themed, today students dress in black or camouflage for squish the grapes day and Friday is spirit day. Each day, teachers tally how many students dress up for spirit points, said John Thompson, Rocklin High School’s activity director. Spirit points can also be earned through the lunchtime inter-class competitions. Tuesday’s events included a hot dog eating contest, relay race by grade level and performances by Rocklin’s Best Dance Crew, vying for the chance to perform at the half-time show. This year’s half time show during Friday’s football game, includes cheer performances, the crowning of homecoming king and queen, float unveiling with each class’ 30-second skit and a dance team performance with confetti cannons and a firework finale. New this year will be Corvettes used in not only the half time show, but the pre-game show as well – something half-time show coordinator Kim Benemelis is excited for. To finish the weeklong celebration, a Night on Broadway-themed homecoming dance will take place with a red carpet inviting students and alumni, said junior Tori Shirhall, who is coordinating the homecoming dance. With all the planning and preparing for homecoming, the week can be overwhelming, but for many it’s worth the work. “Since I’m a senior, it’s my last year involved. I really just want to create memories for everyone to remember,” Benemelis said.