First held in the 1800s, high school homecoming is a tradition that welcomes students back to school with a slew of activities, and will be celebrated at Sonoma Valley High School this week.
From dragon footprints scattered throughout the campus, to themed costume events such as Twin Day and Wacky Tacky, all week long students will be showcasing their school spirit, leading up to the annual football game and homecoming dance this weekend.
The homecoming football game will take place Friday, Oct 18, when the Dragons take on the Healdsburg Greyhounds at Arnold Field, with the JV team playing at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
To celebrate, the students’ annual Homecoming Parade will leave the high school at 1 p.m. on Friday, headed to the Plaza, with a variety of floats based on popular Pixar/Disney films created by each class. The dance will be the following evening, Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Pfieffer Gymnasium at the high school.
As always, the school’s upperclassmen nominated 10 seniors who will vie for the title of Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen. The winners will be announced during halftime at the game on Friday in front of parents and their fellow classmates.
The candidates are:
• Brenna Hamilton, 17, is the daughter of Colleen and Craig Hamilton. She is an active volunteer at Jack London State Historic Park and in the student-run Earth Club, and also works at the Sonoma Silver Company. Brenna has played three years of varsity soccer, earning a second-team All SCL nomination her junior year. She plans on attending a four-year university where she will study political science and international relations.
• Kayten Mak, 17, is the daughter of Teak and Glen Mak. Kayten’s high school experience has been highlighted by volleyball, she has played for both the high school team and club teams for four years. She plans to play volleyball at a four-year university.
• Brittany Daly, 17, is the daughter of Michael and Colleen Daly. Most of her time has been spent in cheerleading programs in the Valley. She participated on the JV and varsity cheerleading teams, earning the title of captain; and coached the youth program “midget” cheer teams. She is an active member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and has plans to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College, after which she will then transfer to a four-year university to study criminal law and psychology.
• Maria Hawing, 17, is the daughter of Camerino and Kathleen Hawing. While she has invested much of her time in playing varsity soccer and swimming, Maria has also volunteered for many programs in the community, such as Seeds of Learning, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and St. Andrew Youth Group. She is an active participant in Earth Club, yearbook and leadership, and intends to study advertising and digital media at a four-year university.
• Erica Larson, 17, is the daughter of Becky and Tom Larson. She has participated in FFA and is a member of the 4-H Club, where she is currently involved in the “Vested in Vineyards” project, planting winegrape vines at both Adele Harrison Middle School and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. She plans on studying agricultural business at a four-year university next fall.
• John (Jack) Murphy, 17, is the son of Jim and Kathy Murphy. He has played both baseball and basketball at the varsity level, and is the treasurer of Slate, the student government at the high school. Jack is also in charge of First Saturday’s Project, a student run community service program. He plans to study engineering at a four-year university.
• Owen Ljung, 17, is the son of Angela and Denis Ljung. He runs cross-country and races long distance events for the track team. His junior season, he broke the 42-year-old record for the 800-meter run. Owen plans on running on a collegiate track team for a four-year university.
• Jimmy Flatt, 17, is the son of James and Geraldine Flatt. Jimmy plays both football and water polo, but has focused primarily on baseball, pitching on the Dragon’s varsity team and for the American Legion team, the Petaluma Leghorns, which competed in the American Legion World Series in North Carolina, finishing second in the country. Jimmy is also an avid volunteer for the Wine Country chapter of the Ducks Unlimited youth program. He plans on studying mechanical engineering at the Naval Academy.
• Dan Deely, 17, is the son of Colleen and Tom Deely. He has participated in the First Saturday’s Project and the high school’s Interact Club. Dan also plays both baseball and football on the SVHS varsity teams, and plans to attend Sacramento State University on a baseball scholarship next fall.
• Aaron Pino, 17, is the son of Amelia Moya and Julio Pino. He has been a member of the El Padre Yearbook staff since his freshman year and is currently the editor. Aaron plans on attending a four-year university, and has numerous career interests, such as a photographer, a fashion designer, a cosmetologist or even a chef.