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Homecoming Week Features Festivities
It's Homecoming Week in Escalon, with daily dress up days continuing at Escalon High School, the Powder Puff football contests upcoming, and the community ready for the Friday afternoon parade and Friday night football game.

Queen candidates were also announced and include Leah Archuleta, Kaylyn Lee, Sydney Wendland, Mary Merseth and Michelle Pinasco. The queen will be crowned at halftime of Friday night's varsity game against Riverbank.

Leah, daughter of Ed and Judy Archuleta, said her favorite part of school is having the honor of being a two-year mascot, entertaining at football games.

"I like watching people smile and helping get them pumped up," she said.

The daughter of Carey and Liz Lee, Kaylyn pointed to Rusty Fachner as being the teacher she has learned the most from at EHS.

"He teaches us lessons about life," she said.

Dad Dennis and stepmother Julie Wendland are the parents of Sydney, who said she was "surprised and shocked" to be among the candidates.

"I'm pretty independent," she noted. "I want to go on to be involved in business, I think our high school has prepared me well."

For Mary, daughter of Mike and Wendy Merseth, she said she is still "weighing her options" when it comes to a career choice, but has thoroughly enjoyed growing up in small town Escalon.

"The friendships we have found here, they are so much stronger" because many of the students have been classmates since kindergarten, she said.

Michelle, daughter of Joe and Toni Pinasco, was happy to follow in her sister's footsteps to the queen candidacy.

"She was on the Homecoming Court and that made me think, I hope I get on it," she admitted.

Like fellow candidate Mary, Michelle has enjoyed the small town experience and hopes to go on to be an event planner as her primary career.

Dress up days so far this week have included Music Day on Monday, Western Day on Tuesday. Today, Wednesday, is Jersey Day, Thursday will have a Hawaii-Beach theme and Friday will be the traditional Purple and Gold day.

Powder Puff football is on the schedule tonight, Sept. 28. The opening round game, seniors vs. freshmen is at 6 p.m., sophomores vs. juniors at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 8 p.m. There is an admission fee, money earmarked for the track and field team.

Serving as the Homecoming Commissioners, ready to emcee for the Friday night festivities, are Taylor Carnes and Nickey Homen.

"The parade will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday and our Grand Marshals are 'Grandma and Grandpa' Franceschetti," said Carnes.

A fixture at multiple sporting and scholastic events, supporting their grandchildren, 'Sket' and Angie Franceschetti will ride in a place of honor in the parade, which forms up on Coley Avenue around 2 p.m. Friday.

The JV football game kick off that night will be at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity following at about 7:30 p.m.

A night rally was hosted at the school on Tuesday and there will be a float parade at the Friday night game as well, with the winner announced at that time.

"Our theme this year is 'We own this state' and we are focusing on cities or landmarks in California," Carnes added.

The freshman class will build its float based on Yosemite, sophomores are Santa Cruz, juniors are San Francisco and seniors are Hollywood.