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Homecoming, FFA barbeque a smokin' success!


Last updated 10/11/2007 at Noon

The chilly air at Fallbrook Union High School on Friday, October 5, was infused with laughter, happy shouts and tantalizing smoke from barbequed tri-tip. The school’s FFA group, led by Jules Duffin, was out making sure that the guests to the Homecoming game didn’t attend the night’s event hungry.

The tri-tip meat was seasoned to perfection, then smoked in large smokers that were made by students several years back. Each year the large metal drums are used by the Ag Department teachers, who go to work smoking the meat before each home game. The dinner this year was as delicious as in past years and included a generous portion of tri-tip, barbequed beans, green salad with a choice of dressing, a soft roll and coffee or their tasty lemonade.

The FFA barbeque will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the remaining home games, which are scheduled for Friday, October 26, and Friday, November 2.

“More Than a Mirage” was Fallbrook Union High School’s theme for this year’s Homecoming and the parade around the track was a sparkling and colorful display of floats. Each class worked hard to transform ordinary trucks into these mirage-like floats.

The Class of 2011, the freshmen, had a theme of “Making a Difference.” A truck was transformed into a tissue paper VW bus with a ’60s peace sign gracing the top. The students proclaimed to the audience that they want to make a difference regarding global warming and other earth issues.

A pink tissue paper heart was placed on the side of the van in memory of FUHS track coach Marty Hauck, who recently died of a heart attack and who made an incredible difference in the lives of Fallbrook students.

The Class of 2010, the sophomores, had a colorful Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory Golden Ticket theme with candy trees and mushrooms. Class President Johnna Vande Vegte, dressed as Willy Wonka, walked behind the float.

The class announcer proclaimed, “Get your golden ticket – enter a world of pure imagination… The hopes and dreams of the sophomore class stand strong like our Warrior clock tower.”

The Class of 2009, the juniors, made sure everyone knew that this was the “Year of the Warrior” and made a large blue genie like the one from Disney’s movie “Aladdin,” only this genie cradled a football.

Aladdin and Jasmine rode on their magic carpet on the top of the float. The announcer said, “When Aladdin and Jasmine climbed aboard their magic carpet their goal became more than a mirage, flying toward the many options put in front of them.”

The Senior Class of 2008 was closer to home with their red and white float in the bold school colors. This float had memorials not only to Coach Marty Hauck but to beloved teacher and ASB director Bob Burton, who passed away last year.

Senior Jacob Jones, ASB vice president, wearing a red graduation gown, walked behind the float as a symbol of a “Time to Grasp Reality” – the senior class theme. Jones commented, “As we get close to graduation it is time to register where we are, take hold of all the opportunities and make the best of every situation.” The seniors had 100 members of their class participate in float-building this year.

The football game was played on the flashy new field after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the crowd was ecstatic when the varsity Warriors beat Rancho Bernardo 44 to 7!

Hailey Van Wechel was crowned Homecoming Queen and the Homecoming King was Saber Youman. Grand Marshal of the Homecoming parade this year was teacher Garland Dunbar. Voted Teacher of the Year (posthumously) by the student body was Marty Hauck.

2007 Homecoming Float Winners

Best Overall Float,

Best Depiction of Theme

Class of 2009

Most Original Float

Class of 2011

Best Use of School Spirit

Class of 2008

Best Use of Color

Class of 2010


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