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High School Celebrates Homecoming
Homecoming festivities at Riverbank High began Friday with announcement of the royal court and a fashion show encouraging students to dress up this week.

Candidates for the King title include Donovan Wallace, Josh Buchanan, Jesus Cerda, David Lopez and Chris Nunez. Vying for the Queen's crown are Gricelda Murguia, Kendra Barth, Vanessa Lopez, Adriana Vigil and Taylor Andersen.

Dress up days, based on reality TV shows, have included "American Gladiators," sporty, with spirit colors of yellow and orange on Monday; "Rob and Big", skater, with spirit colors of black and white on Tuesday; and for today (Wednesday) "America's Best Dance Crew" (matching with others) with spirit colors of turquoise and purples.

Class float construction is under way and there are daily class competitions at lunchtime in the school's quad.

Today also will see a powder puff football game in the stadium starting at 6:30 p.m. and the coronation of the Homecoming King at halftime.

The recommended dress for Thursday is "Survivor" (a castaway) with spirit colors of brown and green. Friday will be Bruin Pride Day in the school's colors of maroon and silver.

Celebrations will reach a climax this Friday with float judging by community members, "A Battle of the Boom" contest at lunchtime (12:17 p.m.), a downtown parade at 3:20 p.m. and football games against the Waterford Wildcats with the junior varsity game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity game when the winners of the class float competition and Spirit Bear award also will be announced.

For the float construction competition, each class has been assigned a reality TV show theme. The seniors will do "Survivor," the sophomores "Rob & Big," the juniors "America's Best Dance Crew" and the freshmen "American Gladiators."

The float theme should be related to the class, the Homecoming theme of "Keeping It Real" and the football game against Waterford, whose colors are blue and gold. Floats must be built off campus and outside of school hours. Classes can spend up to $200 of their class money on construction and also solicit donations from local businesses.

Each class can earn Spirit Points by the number of its students dressed according to the theme or color of the day.

No Homecoming dance is scheduled for this year.