FUHS Homecoming 'More Than a Mirage'
Last updated 10/4/2007 at Noon
Fallbrook Union High School’s Homecoming Week is more than just a celebration for its students; it extends to the community and even beyond. The students have their festivities perfected to such a degree that other schools are now studying its inner workings hoping to mimic the successful week of events.
“We are number one in float building nationally,” commented ASB President Brooke Wojdynski.
“Homecoming has been a huge success this year,” she added. “Everyone really put their hearts into it.”
The theme chosen for this year’s event is “More Than a Mirage” and, according to Senior Class President Bay Ewald, there is an underlying theme as well. “After graduation it is a time to grasp reality,” she noted.
Homecoming Week has already been celebrated with “dress-up” days, the first in the series of activities designed to help generate school spirit while giving the students something to smile and laugh about.
Monday was “Decade Day,” where the students wore costumes from any past decade of their choice; Tuesday’s theme was “In the Jungle,” with a warning to the male students: “Attention, all Tarzans – dress code still applies!” On Wednesday the theme was “Uniform Day,” with participants wearing any uniform – military, fire, medical and the like.
Thursday the students will have fun celebrating “Around the World Day.” The Senior Class will be dressed as citizens of “Ancient Europe,” the juniors will be “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the sophomores “Tourists in Hawaii” and the freshmen “L.A. Rock Stars.”
Friday is “Red and White Day” and students are encouraged to wear the school colors to show their school spirit.
Most of the float building takes place off campus in the garages of benevolent parents. On Friday, the top 25 students who have done the most float decorating are given the day to complete the task while the floats are located near the football field.
Ewald is happy that “people from so many different groups in the school participate.”
The Senior Class has approximately 30 students participating in float building this year. They are given four weeks to prepare the float and the work intensifies as Homecoming approaches.
Float building is “a lot of fun, but also a lot more work than I thought it would be,” one student commented. Because the floats are difficult to move, they try to secure a float building base close to the school grounds.
The FFA tri-tip barbeque is back! Jules Duffin, president of FFA, and her crew will be out on Friday at 5 p.m. dressed from head to toe in red and white! (It has been rumored that you might be served a tri-trip dinner by an FFA member sporting flashy red hair and even red eyebrows!)
The dinners include tri-tip, beans, salad, roll and a beverage. They “had a real crowd” last time, according to Duffin, so get there early! Duffin, now a senior, has been helping with the FFA dinner since she was a freshman and is “still having a lot of fun!”
A football field ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held just prior to the Homecoming Parade and will include members of the board of education as well as others who have been instrumental in the effort, said ASB President Wojdynski, who will serve as emcee for the night’s festivities. This ceremony is only a grand opening; the full dedication of the new field will occur at a later date.
The Homecoming Dance, which is a formal affair, will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the FUHS Old Gym. The students will decorate the gym with colorful panels from the Homecoming floats as they have in the past, said Ewald.
Selected by their peers to preside over the 2007 Homecoming events will be Princes Jonathon Philibert, Nathan Salyers, Ray Lian and Saber Youman and Princesses Bay Ewald, Hailey Van Wechel, Kaelin Cassidy and Christine Plotts.
Homecoming Weekend Schedule
Friday, October 5
“Red & White Day”
9:45 a.m. Pep rally
5-6:30 p.m. FFA tri-tip barbeque
5 p.m. Float judging
6:50 p.m. Stadium ribbon-
7 p.m. Float parade
7:30 p.m. Kick-off!(Varsity
and float award ceremony
Saturday, October 6
8-11 p.m. Homecoming