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Gentry Crowned Homecoming Queen
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From the wildly popular Tuesday night Powder Puff football game to the festive Friday afternoon parade, Homecoming 2007 hit all the right notes this year in Escalon. Capped off by a shutout win from the varsity football Cougars against Linden on Friday night, the special event was a true success.

And it couldn't have been more perfect for Homecoming Queen Staci Gentry, who received her crown at halftime of the varsity game, surrounded by some of her closest friends.

Staci was in the running for the Queen honor with fellow cheerleaders Chelsea Davis, Julie Reid, Kristen Steves and classmate Brittany Diniz.

After receiving her crown from last year's Queen, Jennell Jimenez, Staci received a game ball, cape, flowers and more from football players Nick Aprile, Jake Caton, Brandon Collins, Joe Cowan and Jake Loureiro, then got to take a 'celebration lap' around the track with her escort, her dad Kevin Gentry and driver Dan Thompson, a teacher at the high school who is also Staci's tennis coach.

"This week was really fun," Staci said, pointing to the "crazy" Thursday night pep rally as one of the highlights. "I was happy that all my friends were in it (queen contest) so that whoever won, it was going to be fun."

As a special treat, her parents surprised Staci by flying her grandparents in from Arizona. She knew nothing of their arrival until she was riding in the parade on Friday afternoon and, looking to wave to her mother in the crowd, saw her grandparents there as well.

"They are my mom's mom and dad and it made it perfect," she said of her memorable day. "And I'm just happy my friends were there with me.