Homecoming: the highly anticipated school-wide event that only comes once a year. Float building, spirit days, parades, homecoming court nominations, and the football game all led up to the Homecoming dance on October 17.
Float building was the first Homecoming activity that began several weeks prior to Homecoming week. Each class built themed floats to be featured in the Homecoming Parade on 1st Street and the Homecoming football game. The freshmen built a 1950’s themed float while the sophomores made a 1960’s float. The juniors created a back-to-the future float and the seniors made a medieval float. At the Homecoming football game the sophomore’s 1960’s float was awarded the 1st place float.
The floats paraded down 1st Street and Drolette Stadium one last time, as this was final year for Homecoming parades. Benicia High plans to break ground on the new stadium next year, and floats will not be allowed on the new all weather track.
Spirit week took place from October 12- October 16. This year’s spirit week days had unique themes compared to the last several years. On Monday, students dressed up for culture day wearing styles from different cultures. Tuesday was decades day and students wore clothing from decades such as the 60’s and 90’s. Wacky Wednesday was filled with students wearing tie dye and colorful clothing. Safari day Thursday had students wearing safari gear and animal costumes. The traditional blue and gold was Friday’s theme, and students got their faces painted during lunch.
“My favorite spirit day was blue and gold Friday because everyone goes all out and on game day Friday’s everyone is pumped and excited,” said Isabelle Briseno (12). “It really finished the week on a high note.”
Blue and gold Friday was also the Homecoming Rally day. The Senior Homecoming Court practiced and prepared a choreographed dance to perform at the rally. The court danced to songs such as “Crank That” and “Hit the Quan.” Court member Connor Hatfield (12) said, “The court dance rehearsals were a lot of fun, and it was cool getting to know the other people on the court.”
After the rally, the Homecoming football game was played at night. Students and the Panther Pride spirit club filled the student section to cheer for the Panthers as they hosted the Vallejo High School Red Hawks. The Panthers and Red Hawks stayed close at the start of the game, but the Panthers pulled away and won the game 49-14. Quarterback Riley Pitkin (12), running back Alex Osterholt (12), and wide receiver Jason Shelley (12) made big plays and helped the Panthers win.
At halftime of the football game, the Benicia High Band performed and made a procession for the announcement of the Senior Homecoming King and Queen. Each court member was escorted down the middle of the field by their family. This year’s Homecoming King and Queen was Jason Shelley (12) and Brooklyn Price (12).
All the Homecoming activities led up to the Homecoming Dance. From selecting their outfits and taking pictures with friends, students prepared for the dance all day. At the dance, students danced to current hit songs like “Hotline Bling” and classic hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Right before the dance ended balloons were dropped from the ceiling to the dance floor as the last song of the night played. “My favorite part of the dance was having fun with all my friends for our last homecoming,” said Katie Lovelace (12).
Homecoming 2015 was memorable for many students. From the big activites such as the dance and football game to the little things such as spending quality time with friends and dressing up for spirit days, Homecoming 2015 offered many memorable moments for students to reminisce and look back at.
Written by: Nick Cillo