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Fairies, mermaids and Yetis – oh, my!

Homecoming transforms Oakmont campus
By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
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Oakmont High School was transformed into a mythical wonderland last week in celebration of homecoming which ended with Saturday evening’s dance. Spirit week kicked off last Monday with dress-up days that included mythical creatures day in which students dressed up as fairies, unicorns or trolls; and throwback day that entailed students dressing up in ’80s fashion inspired by the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show made popular in the early ’90s. “We take spirit week to the max,” said spirit week commissioner Austen Dezey. “It’s insane and so much fun.” During lunch period, students participated in activities including musical chairs, limbo, and ice cream sundae eating contests. A favorite this year was a tug-of-war-like game called kunjabi kan kan that involved students standing in a circle tugging on a rope. “I think this is our favorite time of year,” Dezey said. “We have a lot of school spirit.” The students also participated in building floats in accordance with the mythological theme of homecoming. The freshman float depicted a winter wonderland scene with snow myths such as an ice queen, Yeti and Santa Claus. The junior float featured the underwater city Atlantis and included mermaids and the Loch Ness monster, while the sophomore float depicted traditional Greek mythology. The senior float, depicting storybook myths like Alice in Wonderland, won the float-decorating competition. During halftime of Oakmont’s game against Granite Bay, the Blue and White Regiment marching band led the class floats and royalty parade onto the field where seniors Craig Morris and Raychel Taylor were crowned homecoming king and queen. Afterwards, an aerial fireworks show entertained the crowd as the homecoming court left the field. “A Mythical Homecoming,” with a purple, black and lime green color scheme was the theme for the homecoming dance that took place Saturday evening in Oakmont’s gymnasium. Portions of each class’s floats were used to decorate the walls. “I think homecoming is really cool,” said Nicole Suarez, freshman class president. “It’s a way for everyone to come together and show their love for Oakmont.”