HOMECOMING EVENTS SET
By Alex Folchi
Homecoming activities have been in full swing this week with dress-up days and candidate campaigns.
This year’s queen candidates are Ashley Cabrera, Bethany McHenry and Brizza Villafan, and princess candidates are freshman Miranda Gunier, sophomore Katie Roberti and junior Rachel Huebert.
This week’s dress-up days have been Superhero Day, Circus Day, Men in Black Day and Safari Day, and today is the traditional Blue and White Day. Because today is a minimum day, classes will work on their floats in the morning in lieu of classes.
The highly anticipated Homecoming rally will take place right after the candidates go through their interviews.Previous LHS Homecoming rallies have consisted of the contestants’ having to do various tasks such as dancing to a wide variety of music and introducing themselves through song, all of which spread continuous laughter throughout the audience. Students will have the opportunity to continue to work on their floats after school today as well.
The annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Booster Club is set for 8 a.m. Saturday in the high school. The community as well as faculty and the student body are invited to come. Breakfast is free for LHS students. During the breakfast the judges will go around to the four classes’ floats and decide who the winner will be.
The parade of the floats will occur into the downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday with the crowning of the queen and princess before the beginning of the football game at 12:15, so students should come early for those activities.
For a couple days this week, there was a question as to whether or not there would be a Homecoming game. Several football players were ill, and consideration was given to cancelling the game and perhaps even trying to schedule an exhibition game with the soccer and/or alumni. At press time the game was a go.
The kickoff will occur at 1 p.m. against the Pyramid Lake Lakers, and there will be a presentation of the floats at halftime, when the winning floats will be announced.
The dance will be 8 p.m. to 11p.m. Saturday, but one important change is that there will be a flat rate of $5 for all students to enter the dance. Guest passes must be secured from Joanne Nunes in advance.
MESCHERY RETURNS FROM GRANADA, SPAIN
By Sarah Hlavaty
Back at LHS from her two exciting years in Spain, Megan Meschery has a lot to share about her stay. Meschery said she had always wanted to live abroad, and she got her chance when she received a grant from the Senator James Fulbright Research Grant Program, funded by the U.S. State Department. The Fulbright Program is the largest international program enhancing understanding among people of different nations and providing scholars an opportunity to research abroad.
Meschery and her family packed up and headed to Granada, Spain. She traveled to the small hill towns in the Alpujarra/Sierra Nevada mountain region and to the Institute for Regional Development in the University of Granada to research how the European Union’s successful rural development program LEADER affects public education.
Meschery was intensely interested in seeing the progress of the region’s public education and also connecting Spain’s Sierra Nevada students with Sierra County’s
Sierra Nevada students. Meschery also did some side tutoring with the locals in their English speaking, noting that there were several different nationalities, making Spain a “melting pot of culture.”
Meschery said her two girls, Grace and Ruth, had a difficult first month resulting from the language barrier but soon picked up more Spanish and many great friends. She expressed how the family felt “safe and secure” in the small, tightly-knit community and how in Spain, “your community is your family.”
Meschery and her husband Brendan applied for a second year in Spain, mostly because of their children. She said, “We’ve always wanted the kids to have a great international experience, to become bilingual and bicultural.”
Meschery loved her time in Spain but missed Sierra Valley’s wilderness and beauty and teaching at LHS. She said she and her husband want to travel abroad again, but won’t do anything big for the time being. However, they are considering an international move after they retire.