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Homecoming Week Kicks Off Saturday
Leadership students Stephanie Kupper, left, Alondra Ayala, right foreground, and Kendyl Burford get creative with decorating the display case in the main hall at Oakdale High School in preparation for Homecoming Week, Oct. 15-19. - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader

Oakdale High School’s Homecoming Week is Oct. 15-19; however, the week unofficially kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 13, when students will get Oakdale into the Homecoming spirit by painting the windows of downtown businesses.

On Saturday morning, passersby will see the seniors painting the windows of Chase Bank, juniors painting Wells Fargo’s windows, sophomores painting at Downtown Fitness, and freshmen painting the windows of Edwards Financial.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) Leadership students have many activities slated at the school throughout the week, which will culminate with the Homecoming football game on Friday night, Oct. 19 where the Oakdale Mustangs will face the Weston Ranch Cougars at the OHS Corral. Junior Varsity kickoff is at 5 p.m. and Varsity kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ve been preparing since the first day of school,” said ASB Public Relations Commissioner Hayley Benson about Homecoming. “It’s the highlight of the semester – really it’s the highlight of the year… It takes a lot more preparation than you think.”

The theme for Homecoming Week this year is “A Week in the Past.” Each day of the week will have its own theme related to the main theme along with corresponding dress up and lunchtime activities.

Monday, Oct.15 is Black and White Day – a reference to black and white pictures and television, with a lunchtime scavenger hunt.

Tuesday is Grease Day – in honor of the movie, with lunchtime Egg Throw. Four teachers have agreed to let students throw raw eggs at them.

Wednesday is Numbers Day – where everyone wears a sports jersey, with lunchtime Dodge Ball games in the small gym. The Powder Puff football game is also Wednesday at 7 p.m. in The Corral. During halftime, the Homecoming King and Prince will be crowned.

Thursday is Class Theme Day – seniors are 1960s, juniors are ‘70s, sophomores are ‘80s, freshmen are ‘90s, with a tailgate lunch in the student parking lot.

Friday is School Spirit Day – students wear red and gold colors, take in a spirit rally, and then the annual Homecoming Parade takes its route through downtown Oakdale with class floats and school clubs participating. The parade will be led by co-Grand Marshals, teacher Pete Simoncini and head custodian Rafael Madrigal, who were voted on by the ASB students. The Homecoming Queen and Princess will be crowned at halftime at the football game. A Homecoming dance for students will follow the game.

“We want to make it memorable and fun for everyone,” Benson added.

The 2012 Football Homecoming Queen candidates (See photos on Page A2) are Makenzie Ohe, Alexandra Stogdell, Emma Andreini, Jill Kahler, and Gabby Acosta. King candidates are Adam Lahey, Hondo Arpoika, Bastian Jimenez, Josh Watts, and Eddie Machado.

Princess candidates are Jennifer Guzman, Shelby Stender, Alexis Tidball, McKenzie Sluggett, and Taylor Bernal. Prince candidates are Joe Guerrero, Dante Martin, Anthony Magana, Soren Dickens, and Max Stevens.