Los Banos High school seniors, members of the Los Banos Tigers Youth Football team and alumni from the class of 1958 paraded down 6th St. last Friday during the school’s homecoming.
Each float was decorated according to this year’s theme, Disney-Pixar movies.
“I actually think homecoming went great,” said Associated Student Body Commissioner and senior-student, Kaylan Burke. “There was a huge participation from every class and every float turned out looking really good.”
A prince and princess was nominated from each class and rode on the back of either a convertible or pick-up truck from the fairgrounds all the way to Loftin Stadium.
The freshman-class prince and princess were Chris Silva and Jonelle Gilardi. The sophomore-class prince and princess were John Spankowski and Lauren Wolfsen. The Junior-class prince and princess were Sergio Iniguez and Neyomi Cisneros
Senior-class nominees for King and Queen were Darren Baty and Danielle Schiro; Elias Navarro and Emely Sanchez and Chris Lone Tree and Tiffani Oliveira. Lone Tree and Oliveira were announced as King and Queen during halftime against the Ceres Bulldogs.
Also at halftime, the floats paraded around the track and school staff judged each float.
At the end of the third quarter staff announced the winning class float which ended up being the senior-class, who had decorated their float like the Pixar film “Up.” The float had a wooden house built on top with an open roof and balloons being released out, a papier mache rock statue and a running water fall.
“Our senior class was really excited because we put a lot of effort into our float and we have never won before,” Burke said. “So we were proud to be able to say that we won our last homecoming.”
Blue and white apparel filled the bleachers at the homecoming rally Friday afternoon as Los Banos High school students chanted for a local girl who is battling cancer. Ashley Fernandez, 13-years-old, is a Make-A-Wish Central California recipient wishing to go to Disneyland and Los Banos High school made that wish come true.
“The fundraiser went really well,” said Veronica Seaborn, activities director. “Ashley and her family will be going to Disneyland later this month.”
Fernandez is battling adrenocortical carcinoma, which is a cancer of the adrenal cortex. She has been on the Make-A-Wish Central California list for the past five months.
Seaborn confirmed donations added up to over $2,000 and money is still pouring in.
“We were all really happy to give back to Ashley for Make-A-Wish,” said Kaylan Burke, Associated Student Body commissioner and senior-class student. Burke, along with Seaborn and fellow students decided to do something related to helping out the community to include in their homecoming festivities. To their surprise a local girl was on the Make-A-Wish Central California list.
“We knew we wanted to do something with charity, so we decided on Make-A-Wish (foundation) because it was something everyone can donate to and be a part of and open it up to the community,” said Burke.
Fernandez was invited to participate in all of Los Banos High’s homecoming festivities including attending the school rally.
“The homecoming rally mainly focused on a Make-A-Wish theme,” said Burke.
Students glued stars to Popsicle sticks with Ashley’s name written on them and presented her with Tiger Pride apparel.
“She was really excited,” said Burke. “We introduced her to the crowd and she just really enjoyed it. The ASB class is honored, not only to recognize the alumni, but also Ashley and to be able to give back to the community in some way.”
Seaborn said she is very proud of the support from the students and the community.
“I am overwhelmed with emotion because of the community support,” she said. “I would have never thought that we would have this much support, even the surrounding communities, like Atwater, showed support.”
One business in particular, located in Atwater, donated $1,000 alone, and one student and her family drove to Gilroy to buy Fernandez a gift card from the Disney Store, Seaborn added. Athletics at LBHS is also donating gas gift cards to Fernandez’ family, since they are driving down to Disneyland.
“It exceeded my expectations,” Seaborn said. “I would like to do something every single year that helps Los Banos. It may not be Make-A-Wish, but it will be something to help the community and help our town.”
Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) 826-3831 ext. 6562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.