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Homecoming Week Wraps For Bruins
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Riverbank Police Services Deputy Gary Vernon led the Homecoming Parade with the Riverbank High School NJROTC following closely behind. - photo by VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Homecoming Week for Riverbank High School 2013 is a wrap for teachers and students. The week was filled with festivities every day, starting on Friday, Sept. 6 with a fashion show in preparation for the week ahead and culminating with the Friday, Sept. 13 home football game. (See story, photos in Sports, Page 13.)

Monday, Sept. 9 was the first day of the dress days, spirit competition, and float construction. During lunchtime each day the students enjoyed some friendly competitions.

Each class was assigned a board game to be used as their theme for constructing their float and it had to be related to their class and the school. The float also had to include the football game against the Delhi Hawks and they were judged according to those specifics.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11 the girls entertained the crowd with a Powder Puff game which the sophomore and junior team won against the freshmen and senior team. Senior Rafael Verdin was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the Powder Puff game.

All float construction was done after school and the final night of completion was on Thursday, Sept. 12 in preparation for the parade and halftime festivities the following day.

The final day of Homecoming week was Friday, Sept. 13 and RHS students, staff and the community had a full day of activities with a rally, parade in downtown Riverbank, and the football games against Delhi.

Deputy Gary Vernon with the Riverbank Police Services led the parade down Santa Fe Street in downtown Riverbank.

The leadership class voted to have school board member Ron Peterson as this year’s Grand Marshal and he rode shotgun in a silver convertible.

The RHS Drama Club had a small sign and was represented by several students with colorful boas. The Hispanic Youth Leadership Council also participated in the parade holding a colorful sign and the Mexican Flag.

The Homecoming court rolled through in sporty convertible cars as the queen candidates practiced their smiles and waves. Also making an appearance in the parade was the 2012 Queen Vanessa Vargas, bringing up the end of the caravan.

The RHS band strolled through downtown playing some tunes for the crowd with the color guard waving their flags close behind and the cheerleaders were showing their Bruin pride all along the route.

During halftime of the varsity football game Aidee Rosales was crowned the Homecoming Queen. The seniors were announced as the winners of the float competition with their Battleship board game-themed float that had Blast the Hawks on the side of their ship. Stacy Blevins was the senior students’ advisor for the float. The Spirit Bear was awarded to the senior class as well for accumulating the most spirit points throughout the week.

“I thought it was a good success,” said RHS Activities Director Christine Perez. “We had a really fun Friday and a great turnout at our football game.”