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Homecoming Week Under Way
In the midst of dress up days and looking forward to the crowning of a new queen on Friday night, Escalon high School is celebrating its Homecoming Week.

The festivities will culminate with the Friday night football game against Bret Harte and the announcement of the 2009 Homecoming Queen at halftime.

Candidates are, in alphabetical order, Lindsey Anderson, Amber Caton, Jamie Franceschetti, McKenzie Palomino and Julia Thompson.

Lindsey Anderson is the daughter of Randy and Teresa Anderson and said she loves being part of the Escalon community.

"It's a small town, everyone can be a part of something," she said of getting involved on campus and in the community. She is active in FFA and volleyball, two things she lists among her favorite activities.

Amber Caton is the daughter of Nick Caton and Stephanie Caton.

"I like the Friday nights at football, they're my favorite," she said of her best times at EHS.

The daughter of Mark and Sherri Franceschetti, Jamie Franceschetti is involved in cheerleading and PIT, among other activities.

"I like how everyone is really close," Jamie said, noting that she is friends with all the Queen candidates, and four out of five of them cheer together.

For McKenzie, the daughter of Miguel and Sharon Palomino, she listed her best memories of Escalon High as the dances.

"They are great," she said. "I have a lot of 'best' memories."

The daughter of Dan and Sue Thompson, Julia - better known as 'Jules' - lists her involvement with PIT, the Peer Interaction Team, as being a highlight.

"We're like family," she said.

Candidates took part in a Monday night rally at the school and the dress up days are continuing throughout the week.

Monday was Camouflage Day and Tuesday was Twin Day. Today, Wednesday, will be Wacky Wednesday, featuring mismatched clothes and Thursday will be Red Light Green Light. Students are supposed to wear red if they are already dating someone, yellow if they are talking about it, and green if they are single.

Friday will be the traditional Purple and Gold Cougar spirit day and the afternoon parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the downtown area.

Former District Superintendent Bob Wallace has been chosen as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

Earlier in the day on Friday, the Escalon Lions Club, in cooperation with a variety of other service clubs and local organizations, will host a Homecoming breakfast for all fall sports athletes; football, volleyball, cross country, boys soccer, girls golf and cheerleaders. Sharing in the cost to put on the breakfast are the Lions, Escalon Rotary, EHS Sports Boosters and Escalon Body & Frame. Serving starts at 7 a.m.

Powder Puff football is scheduled for tonight, Oct. 7, with the first game at 6 p.m. pitting the seniors against the freshmen; the juniors against the sophomores at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 8 p.m.

Entry fee is $5, proceeds benefit the track and field team and those attending should enter the west gate. The snack bar will be available.

The football team will host Bret Harte in the Homecoming contest on Friday night, with the JV game kicking off at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game following, with a parade of floats around the track and crowning of the queen at halftime.