Making memories that are hard to top
Yuba City High School had its basketball homecoming last week, one of the busiest and most fun weeks of the year. The overall theme was "Time Warp," with each class picking a different time period as its class theme. The seniors chose a futuristic time, the juniors had prehistoric times, the sophomores chose the Age of Exploration and the freshmen had medieval times.
The student leaders at YCHS divided the week into different dress-up days to coincide with the "Time Warp" theme.
Monday's theme was the Ice Age. Students dressed up in big jackets, snow pants, scarves and mittens. Despite the 50-degree weather, a large mound of snow could be found on the stage in the middle of the quad. The night before, seven students had gone up to Placer County to load a pick-up full of snow.
One of the students who made the journey was Abel Mora, a senior and ASB rally commissioner. He said, "We wanted to start off the week with something epic to get everyone excited. I was stoked to see that it worked. People were throwing snowballs, and I even saw one guy make a snow angel."
Tuesday was Little Kid Day, reckoning back to the days when we wore brightly colored cartoon shirts, Onesie pajamas, and carried around stuffed animals and lunch boxes.
Josh Tafua, a senior and member of YCHS's drama department, was in character all day as a little kid. Dressed in a T-shirt and shorts with suspenders, he ran around the school at break screaming, "It's recess!"
Wednesday was Career Day, where students dressed up as they would in their future jobs. Many young men looked sharp in suits, envisioning themselves as businessmen and lawyers. Other students were more creative.
Senior Blake Alexander and sophomore Anthony Banas came to school in Air Force jumpsuits, complete with aviator sunglasses. The two even re-enacted a scene from "Top Gun." Blake looked at Anthony and proclaimed, "You can be my wingman any time." Anthony shot back, "No. You can be mine."
Thursday was Class Theme Day. Seniors donned robot outfits and chrome-colored clothing. Juniors dressed in animal patterns, and girls tied their hair up with bones. Sophomores came in pirate garb, and the freshmen were knights and ladies of the Middle Ages.
Friday was Brown and Gold Friday, but it was also much more. Friday was the night of the basketball game and of the crowning of the homecoming king and queen. The basketball team creamed Inderkum with an 83-65 victory. Fittingly, basketball player Donnie Triphan and cheerleader Paige Taylor were crowned this year's king and queen.
Overall, the students had a lot of fun dressing up and experiencing the social aspects of high school. Freshman Joanne Yahn said, "I'm going to see a lot more homecomings at this school. This one is going to be hard to top."
Nick Scribner is a senior at Yuba City High School. His column appears about every sixth week in Education.