Homecoming floats vie to be LHS’s ‘Ship of Dreams’
Lansing High School seniors hope to "Luau with the Lions" during Friday's Homecoming parade, but senior Andrew Cameron isn't holding his breath that the Class of 2006's float will be judged a winner.
Seniors have had just one meeting about the float. They've decided it will be a beach theme and will include students wearing bathing suits over their clothing and possibly feature an inflatable pool and sand. Cameron estimates the build time for the float will be one hour on the day of the parade.
For the past three years, the senior class has won fourth place, and Cameron predicts a fourth place finish again this year.
The annual LHS Homecoming parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. The parade will begin at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 900 Ida St., continue on a route down Ida Street, cross Main Street and end at the high school parking lot.
The Homecoming theme is "Ship of Dreams," and the Lions will play the Immaculata Raiders.
Parade participants include entries from each class and clubs, such as drama, art and community service.
In addition to the seniors' "Luau with the Lions," themes for the class floats are: "Roast the Raiders" (freshmen), "We Bet You We're Gonna Win" (sophomores), and a general spirit/party theme (juniors).
The freshman class float will include a homemade stuffed Immaculata Raider roasting on a large rotisserie. The class chose this theme from a list of possible themes given to class leadership, according to freshman Jacob Thomas, who held the building of the float at his house.
A group of 10 to 15 freshmen has worked approximately six hours on the float over the past weekend and it is nearing completion.
"It's looking better than I expected it to," Thomas said.
The sophomore class theme of "We Bet You We're Gonna Win" will feature "Lansing Hold 'Em Poker" instead of a Texas Hold 'Em Poker game. Sophomore class president Brittany Shelton said the class selected the theme because of a school-sponsored poker tournament to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims.
"We want to stand out. It was hard to come up with something," Shelton said.
The theme is also a reference to the prizes given to the top four winning floats. First place receives $100, second place $75, third place $50 and fourth place $25.
The sophomore class has worked 10 hours in four meetings and has increased from a group of five people to about 20 at the last meeting.
The junior class theme is spirited and will include a ping-pong game and a student dressed as the Lansing Lion mascot. Originally the float involved a cardboard ship, to follow the overall Homecoming theme, but junior Jessica Bradford said juniors used too much cardboard and decided to change the theme.
The class has had two meetings to work on the float with approximately eight students attending. However, Bradford said that on parade day any junior could join the float.
"We want to be the most spirited and the loudest," she said.
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