Skits by the Homecoming Court brought extra sizzle to an already sweltering afternoon during the school’s Homecoming Rally Friday afternoon, with the fun culminating in the crowning of King Iker Garcia and Queen Taylor Acamo.
“This is amazing,” Acamo said as family and friends showered her with congratulations. “I never thought I’d be queen. It’s really overwhelming, but I’m so happy. Being a part of the rally was unlike anything I’ve ever done before, and now I’m just in shock.”
Garcia was equally taken aback by the honor. “My friends kept telling me that I’d win. They told me they all voted for me, but I kept saying ‘we’ll see.’ I can’t believe this. I feel really happy right now. I’ve got to call my mom.”
Other members of the Homecoming court included Princesses Elizabeth Day, Mo du-Long, Amy Fox, Helen Harden, Lyndsey Murphy, Samantha Ramos, Chelsea Revel, Katelyn Tobar and Dasha Zmachynskaya. The 2009 princes are Zach Bonte, Jason Fancey, Justin Finley, Felix Navarro, Cody Peralta, Dillon Richey, Michael Santiago, Garrett Slocum and Jake Tickner.
The energy at the rally pumped students up for the football game later that evening with performances by all three Cheer squads and the Lions Dance Team, but the momentum didn’t fully carry over to the annual Homecoming parade.
Unlike years past, well wishers didn’t pack the streets, but that didn’t affect the students’ spirits as theier floats snaked through downtown Brentwood. The freshmen’s screams could be heard a block away as their float featuring the might Liberty Lion cooking up the Lowell High School Cardinal drifted down First Street. The other classes took on similar approaches: the Class of 2011 served up Kentucky Fried Cardinal, while the seniors’ Lion enjoyed a big bowl of Cardinal Crunch cereal.
The floats were prophetic of the events to follow that evening, as the Lions beat the Cardinals 24 to 14.
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