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Junior Duo Tackle Homecoming Plans
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This years Homecoming Commissioners for Escalon High School are juniors Madisyn Widmer, left, and Madison Matsunami. Marg Jackson/The Times

With a little over a month before Escalon High School’s football Homecoming, new Homecoming Commissioners Madisyn Widmer and Madison Matsunami are already hard at work.

The juniors at EHS are looking forward to planning the festivities and bringing the community an event to remember.

“For me, just growing up here and being at the football games, I always thought it would be cool to be a Homecoming Commissioner, I have always been a planner and love organizing,” said Widmer.

Matsunami added that they each had to fill out an application and go through the process to be selected for the position.

“You have to be right for the job,” Matsunami said. “You have to be interviewed, you do that application; it really is like applying for a job.”

The juniors are finding that they now have to juggle the Homecoming responsibilities with the regular school day and extracurricular activities. Widmer plays varsity volleyball at EHS and travel volleyball with Pulse out of Ripon, as well as being involved with her church. Matsunami is a cheerleader at EHS, is involved in some clubs on campus and also teaches and dances at the local PowerHouse Dance studio.

Their theme for Homecoming Week –which will be capped off with the downtown parade and Homecoming game on Oct. 13 against Mountain House – is Once Upon A Dream.

“The competition is always healthy,” Matsunami said of getting classes involved in preparing Homecoming floats.

Working with school officials, the Homecoming Commissioners will help plan the week’s activities and coordinate with the city regarding the parade. Neither one seems daunted by the tasks ahead.

“I feel I’m good at planning small things for myself and my family,” Widmer said. “I am dedicated and detailed.”

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Matsunami added of the planning process so far.

The football Homecoming is just one event the two will help pull off; there is a basketball Homecoming during the winter sports season as well. But first they will focus on their ‘Once Upon A Dream’ experience.

“I feel like it will be an exciting stress,” admitted Widmer. “But I think we will feel really accomplished when it’s all done with; we can feel good that we had a big impact. Homecoming is huge here in Escalon.”

“We want to help bring it to life,” Matsunami said.