A week full of activity at Gridley
Homecoming week is a time to remember. It is the biggest week in all of one's high school life. At Gridley High School, we go all out with the rallies, parade, floats, Football Follies, hall decorating, football game, lunchtime activities and dress-up days. The homecoming theme this year was Disneyland Parks. The seniors had Fantasy Land, the juniors had Toon Town, the sophomores had Tomorrow Land and the freshmen had Frontier Land.
Dress-up days included class color day; patriotic day; Disney day; pink for breast cancer awareness day; and blue and gold day.
Competition between classes heated up mostly between the juniors and seniors. The two classes battled it out during the Football Follies game. It was tied 14-14, but the juniors won due to yards.
Lunchtime activities included the van stuff (won by the juniors) and the car push (won by the seniors). There was a Night Rally on Thursday, where there were tug-of-war games with chocolate pudding between the classes. The freshmen, sophomores and juniors put up a good fight, but they were no match for the mighty seniors.
"This year, we did a really good job unifying each class, and they were fun and enjoyable," said Mariah Holmes, a senior, when asked about the hall decorating and float building activities.
Each class spent many hours working hard on these two major projects, but it was the juniors who won the hall decorating contest, and the seniors dominated with the float building.
The homecoming rally on Friday was high-spirited and high-energized. Some of the games included eating caramel-covered onions and licking peanut butter off of plastic wrap. But the most anticipated part of the rally is always the Miss GHS competition. Nothing is funnier than watching four boys in dresses with make-up on their faces dancing in front of the whole school. This year's winner was senior Bradley Props, who was proposed to by his escort, Zachary Solis, also a senior.
In the end, the seniors were named the winners of homecoming by at least 50 points.
After school on Friday, the floats and trucks full of students went around town to proudly display our masterpieces. We all cheered and whooped for our classes and showed off our awesome Bulldog spirit.
"I believe that we could have won the homecoming game, but the boys played their best and hopefully they will do better next year," said Amelia Holland, a senior, about Gridley's disappointing loss to Central Valley.
Many citizens of Gridley showed up to the game to support our boys on the football team and help us cheer for our school. During half-time, Yadira Benitiz and Eduardo Ruiz were elected homecoming queen and king. After the game, everyone went to the homecoming dance and had a great time.
Now the excitement is fizzling out as Thanksgiving and Christmas break are just around the corner — and with that, the end of the semester.
Holly Anderson is a senior at Gridley High School. Her column appears every six weeks in Education.