By Melissa Thomas
Homecoming events in October help get Alameda High students hyped up to support their Hornets. Although there are different class colors, yellow for freshmen, orange for sophomores, green for juniors and red for seniors, all are still one school ready to support the fall teams.
Leadership plays a very large role in what happens throughout the week, from brainstorming and voting on spirit days to decorating the gym for the different class sections. Getting dressed up for spirit week is a long-standing tradition that many students and some staff participate in each year.
Most students look forward to the Homecoming assembly at the end of the week. “Dressing up throughout the week gets me pumped up for the rally because it’s kind of like a preview for the big day,” aid senior Gianni Duncan-Mosley.
At this loud, high-energy event, half of the student body gathers in the new gym to celebrate fall sports and demonstrate class spirit and Hornet pride. The assembly is repeated twice so that all students can attend. “There’s always a good vibe,” said Duncan-Mosley.
Senior Olivia McKeon participated in the relay race. McKeon said she was nervous as she walked as fast as she could with a balloon between her legs to get to her fellow senior. With no preparation, McKeon and her teammate Sadie Sanders did their part to try to win the race.
Seniors Aubrey Guevara and Mica Sanchez, who are dating, represented the Senior Class by winning Homecoming court. “I don’t want to say it was meant to be, but since we were already going out, it was a great way to start off senior year,” said Guevara.
The intent of the assembly is to create a frenzy of school spirit just before the Homecoming football game. “I really felt the energy come from the crowd, it made me feel pumped up,” said varsity football player Mark Munoa.
Varsity and JV ended up winning both games. “It felt really good to win, especially in front of the home crowd and I expected to win. The home crowd really showed up and got excited and made noise when big plays happened,” said Munoa.
Leading up to the Homecoming game was another long-standing tradition: float building. Students from each grade took about two weeks to plan and build the different class floats. As happens many years, the Senior Class won the float contest. “We work really hard on the floats, even though people only see it for like two minutes,” said Guevara.