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Winter Homecoming Week Celebrated At Riverbank
Bruins Of Oz
The Homecoming candidates were announced at the fashion show on Friday, Jan. 22 and include, from left, for Queen are Kim Ruvalcaba, Darlene Albor, Savannah Pulido, Stephanie Bernal and Katie Searway, with King Candidates Ruben Paradez (who is no longer running), Eli Vernon, Juan Hernandez, Josh Felix, and Nathaniel Martinez VIRGNIA STILL/THE NEWS


Winter Homecoming 2016 is underway and this year’s theme is “Bruins of Oz … there is no place like homecoming.”

There are spirit days all week long and lunch time activities for students to participate in to show their Bruin Spirit.

The Homecoming Fashion Show was on Thursday, Jan. 21 this year due to a forecast of rain for Friday, which is usually when the fashion show is held. The rain which has been regularly falling in the area has been a welcome relief, even if it did force a rescheduling of activities.

During Riverbank High School’s lunch break, the Leadership class under the direction of Gina Tonarelli held the fashion show in the quad on Thursday and announced the top five King and Queen candidates. They include Queen hopefuls Kim Ruvalcaba, Darlene Albor, Savannah Pulido, Stephanie Bernal, Katie Searway. Eli Vernon, Juan Hernandez, Josh Felix, and Nathaniel Martinez are in the running for King.

Ruben Paradez originally was a King candidate but has decided to remove himself from the court.

There will be a Dodgeball game held in the Bruin Gym tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 27) at 6 p.m. involving students versus students and then students versus faculty.

The Winter Homecoming Basketball game between the Bruins and the visiting Mountain House Mustangs will be held in the Fauria Gym at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 with a rally earlier in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to get everyone pumped up for the game.

Monday’s spirit theme was “Lions, Tigers, and Bears” where students were asked to wear animal print, brown, or orange clothing. The lunch time activity planned was pinning the tail on the lion, tiger and bear.

For “Twister Tuesday” students were dressed in wacky mixed and matched clothing as they participated in an egg walk during lunch.

Today, Wednesday, students are asked to show their participation by dressing like twins or by wearing black and purple for the “which witch is which” theme. There will be a donut challenge during lunch.

The Great and Powerful Oz theme will be on Thursday with bling, green and gold clothing and a cotton ball challenge in the quad at lunch.

The final day of Homecoming Week is the Bruin Black Out theme which includes black spirit gear and a friendly lunch time tug-o-war activity.

Each class will earn spirit day points for their participation. Homecoming Royalty is crowned during the week, culminating with the Queen coronation on Friday night.