Homecoming week is always fun, but for Calipatria High School it is more than students celebrating a game and a dance. It’s the community coming together to support a Hornet tradition.

It starts out with Class of the Year week, where the four different classes compete against each other by dressing up and competitive games. Surprisingly, the lower classes did fairly well with the dress-up competitions, but the juniors and seniors dominated the competitive events.  It was a fun week and a great lead-up to the final day’s parade.

It took weeks to build the floats and prepare all the acts.  The cadets, the band, the cheerleaders, and everyone else performed flawlessly and proved how talented they are and how hard they’ve been working.  The parade’s grand marshall this year was Chief Hall of our local Fire Department.  He smiled and waved from a beautifully restored antique automobile, and added the perfect feel to this year’s theme.  The theme this year was Hornets X-tinguish, so we decided to use firefighters and flames as our designs for the floats.  The senior class took first place with their float, while the Sophomores and Juniors tied for second.  The students and the crowd were pumped with excitement as they chanted and cheered for their fellow Hornets.

The JV and varsity football games followed the parade, and the day closed with the Homecoming dance.  The sophomores put a lot of work into planning and decorating for the dance.  Many students attended and had an awesome time.  The DJ did a great job with lighting, special effects, and of course the music.  I personally enjoyed the bubble machine, because it gave me something to do while I wasn’t dancing, but like everyone else I was rarely sitting down.

The CHS staff and student body are to be congratulated for a successful homecoming that will be hard to top in the coming years.

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