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Night Rally, Friday Parade Usher In Homecoming Fun
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Named as the Homecoming Queen candidates were, from left, Hannah Boyd, Mya Beary, Sage Davis, Tess Cosby and Kaitlyn Gaffney. The new queen will be announced on Friday night. Marg Jackson/The Times

Homecoming Queen candidates have been selected, the Grand Marshals are ready to go and the community of Escalon will celebrate Homecoming on Friday night, Oct. 4.

The football game to cap off the festivities will be against Modesto Christian and crowning of the new Homecoming Queen will be conducted that evening, as well as a parade of class floats. Queen candidates are, in alphabetical order, Mya Beary, Hannah Boyd, Tess Cosby, Sage Davis and Kaitlyn Gaffney.

Theme for this year is “Escalon Through The Decades” and dress up days included wear your favorite band T-shirt on Monday, soc’s vs. greasers on Tuesday. Students could dress up like their favorite movie character on Wednesday, while Thursday will be grunge vs. hippies, with the freshmen and sophomores in grunge, juniors and seniors in hippy attire.

Friday will be the traditional class colors day; freshmen are yellow, sophomores purple, juniors in white and seniors in black.

The Homecoming Night Rally is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the gym and the Homecoming parade starts at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

Grand Marshals are Felix Kalin, EHS Class of 1943 and Evelyn Swass, Class of 1947.

“It’s coming together,” Homecoming Commissioner Ella MacKinnon said of the festivities.

She and Madelyn Page are this year’s commissioners and will handle the emcee duties at the various celebrations. Page said she was looking forward to the rally and seeing how involved the Queen candidates get with the on campus events during the week.

Candidate Mya Beary is the daughter of Maira and Polo Rodriguez.

“The bond we have with sports,” Mya said of what she will remember most from her years at EHS, adding that there is also a “good atmosphere” that has been part of the high school culture since she has attended.

Hannah Boyd is the daughter of Mike and Nicole Boyd.

“Surprised, kind of startled but happy,” Hannah said of her feelings when her name was announced as a candidate.

Candidate Tess Cosby is the daughter of Jerry and Tisha Cosby.

“It just makes me feel like you’re contributing to the school,” she said of being involved in sports, extracurricular activities and now, the Homecoming Court.

The daughter of Dean and Deanna Davis, candidate Sage Davis is excited to be a part of the Homecoming festivities.

“I’m looking forward to all the events going on, just having fun doing all these events with the other candidates,” she said.

Candidate Kaitlyn Gaffney is the daughter of Kevin and Tracy Gaffney.

“I was very surprised at first but very thankful,” she said of her reaction to being named as a Queen hopeful.

As to what she has enjoyed most at EHS?

“Probably just cheering with my team throughout high school, we cheered at the Park Fete run, which was pretty cool and I love being part of the Escalon Outlaws, helping coach the cheerleaders,” Kaitlyn said.

The Homecoming Parade will take place downtown on Friday, starting on Coley Avenue, going up First Street and turning on to Main Street. The JV football game starts at 5 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m. with the Homecoming Queen crowning at halftime of the varsity contest.

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Members of the ASB decorate the hallways at Escalon High with the Homecoming theme ‘Through the Decades’ in preparation for this week’s celebration. Marg Jackson/The Times