By ESTHER AVILA firstname.lastname@example.org
SHS and HMA participate in homecoming activities
Skateboards and glitter are what the queen and king homecoming candidates at Strathmore High School and Harmony Magnet Academy participated with Monday as they kicked off “Once Upon a Disney Dream” — their theme for Homecoming 2014. Dressed as princes and princesses, the lunchtime activity centered around rescuing a princess.
Though the two adjacent high schools share one homecoming theme, the same contests, one football team and one marching band, they have two homecoming courts — each one with a king and queen.
Starting with an approximate 30 candidates at Strathmore High, and 47 at Harmony Magnet Academy, the list was shortened to the top five male and top five female students for each school.
In the running for queen at Strathmore High School are Josie Lopez, Gina Chavez, Brittany Schuler, Stephanie Valdivia and Brianna Dunlap. Strathmore’s king candidates include Gus Diaz, Ricky Meraz, Fernando Valdivia, Alberto Cervantez and Omar Hernandez.
Harmony Magnet Academy’s queen candidates are Carly Innis, Vivianna Gomez, Kandyce Gurrola, Callie Albison and Viktoria Jasengnou. It’s king candidates are Alonso Valle, David Dunn, Foster McBride, Joey Gwilliam and Jesus Mendez.
On Tuesday, the candidates — including students and staff at both schools — dressed in pajamas for Peter Pan day, one that took them on a flight around school looking for fairy wings, fairy dust, a hook, a clock and bandana during a lunch-time scavenger hunt.
On Wednesday, Pirate Day, the candidates dressed as pirates, participated in an eating contest, gobbling down graham crackers, beef jerky, pickles and a bottle of root beer.
Today the fun will continue with the students competing in an Alice in Wonderland maze that includes cupcakes, cookies and juice.
The week, which is overseen by student council advisers Robert Kuhn at Strathmore High and Angelina Contreras at HMA, ends Friday with an assembly and voting for the queen and king. They will be crowned during halftime of the Strathmore-McFarland football game Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
“It’s a lot of fun. The kids get very enthusiastic with the dress-up days,” Contreras said. “Some of them go all out with costumes. Their enthusiasm seems to spread through the entire student body. Everyone has fun.”