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Rocklin High homecoming highlighted with Disney theme

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Disney takes over Rocklin High School this week for the school’s homecoming.
This year’s theme is “the happiest homecoming on Earth” themed after Disneyland, said John Thompson, activities director at Rocklin High School.
Last May, student government voted on the theme, which will be played out through lunchtime activities throughout the week, game day on Friday and each class’ float.
Float building began Saturday with trips to local home improvement stores, where students picked up many of the supplies and materials to put together, what they hope will be the award-winning float. With a $600 budget each, the classes take to the task of cutting, painting and gluing in preparation for their class’ float unveiling during the halftime show of Friday’s homecoming football game.
According to senior Lauren Bloemker, who also serves as the class vice president, attention to detail is key for a winning float. The senior class will once again incorporate pieces broken CDs glued together in a mosaic — a project that Bloemker said she believes may have helped them win for their float last year as juniors.
This year, the senior class float is themed after Fantasy Land in Disneyland, with painted wood cutouts of a castle, spinning teacups, Tinkerbell and “20 people waltzing behind the float,” senior Jenny Mc Devitt said.
As seniors, some say the float building is one of their favorite aspects of homecoming week.
“When we’re here, we all have a common goal and we all just have fun,” said senior Melanie Ronten. “It needs to be fun. This is meant to make memories.”
More than 20 hours are put into the float construction during homecoming week, but it takes months of preparation for everything to come together, Bloemker said.
“The feeling is just so worth it because we’ve been working so hard,” she said.
For Mc Devitt, she likes seeing the finished project.
“We helped make this happen,” she said.
Although the seniors said they are confident their float will take first place, Mc Devitt said it will definitely be a tight competition.
“We also know they will all be fabulous,” she said.
Homecoming festivities at RHS include a homecoming rally Friday, followed by the homecoming football game against Las Lomas High School at 7:30 p.m., where floats will be unveiled during the half-time show. The homecoming dance is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.
Lauren Weber can be reached at
laurenw@goldcountrymedia.com.