When Sonoma Valley High School welcomed its students back to campus on Oct. 23 after a two-week fire-imposed break, the impact of the fires on the school community was top of mind. But as a sense of normalcy returned for students, thoughts turned to how to reschedule the Homecoming events, which had been set to take place during the week of the fires.
According to SVHS Principal Kathleen Hawing, students took the lead in figuring out how to make it happen, and thanks to much-appreciated flexibility on the part of El Molino High School, which allowed this Friday night’s game to be held at Arnold Field, the traditional festivities are now underway on campus.
The Homecoming parade on Broadway from the high school to the Plaza is set for 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The SVHS Leadership class has invited all available first responders to ride on a float during the parade.
New this year will be a special Homecoming (green) lighting of the Plaza at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, Nov. 1, and the class also hopes that the Sonoma community will join the students downtown. The SVHS band will perform at 6:45 p.m..
During the festivities of Sonoma Valley High School’s final home football game on Friday, Nov. 3, the students will announce their Homecoming King and Queen for 2017. The candidates are:
Rocko Wetzel, 17, is the son of Mike and Catalina Wetzel. He played junior varsity football for two years and varsity for two years. He is involved in the Including Special Friends club at the high school. After he graduates, he hopes to go into a union with his dad.
Louise Murphy, 17, is the daughter of Kathy and Jim Murphy. She has been an active equestrian since age 5, and enjoys spending her days with her horse, Lobo. Besides hostessing at the Red Grape, Louise donates her time at Giant Steps Therapeutic Center, Sonoma Education Foundation and the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance. Among other clubs, she is a part of the First Saturday Club and Specials Friends at school. After high school, Louise plans to attend a four-year university to study nursing, and wants to bring her horse with her.
Megan James, 17, is the daughter of Dyan and Dylan James. She has been a part of the SVHS Dance Team for four years and has been the captain for two years. Outside of school, she has been participating in Broadway Bound Kids theater since she was 7 years old, and volunteers at the Sonoma Academy of Dance and Arts. She has been a part of Link Crew and the First Saturday Club for two years. After high school, Megan plans on attending a four-year university in Southern California to study theater arts and business.
Valentino Battaglini, 17, is the son of Dino and Monica Battaglini. Valentino has played football all four years at the high school, and played on the varsity team since he was a sophomore. He has also been on the varsity wrestling team for three years. After high school, Valentino plans on attending Santa Rosa JC for two years then transferring to a four-year college where he can get his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Parade Location: Broadway from SVHS to the Plaza, 1 p.m.
Plaza Rally Location: Plaza amphitheater, 1:30 p.m.
Music and Homecoming candidate interviews
Football Game Location: Arnold Field, Time: JV 5 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.
Halftime will feature Homecoming candidates and Class Floats
The Grand Marshal of the 2017 Homecoming parade: Tony Moll, Class of 2001.
Alumni tailgate: Teeter Field bleachers 5-7 p.m.