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Sophomore float clashes rap eras

As homecoming approaches on Oct. 3, experienced sophomores exercise their creativity on the float in an effort to outshine other classes and improve from last place the previous year.

Homecoming 2008 will be held at Clark Intermediate at 7 p.m., Oct. 3. The class floats will be displayed during half time of the varsity game.

Student leadership coined the theme “The Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya” for homecoming, assigning a music genre for each class to base their float on. Sophomores tweaked their old school rap genre to incorporate two distinct eras of rap and so hope to capture the judges’ attention.

“Old school rap wasn’t our first choice, but we have been very creative with it,” class representative Brianne Ainley said. “Our float is different from the other classes because ours features a twist: one genre, but two different eras.”

Some sophomores put forth more effort this year to compensate for last year’s failure and to redeem their class’ potential.

“I don’t want my class to be known as the class that loses all the time,” Zach Camden said. “I want our class to show a lot of school spirit and prove to the others that we are an awesome class. Last year, we didn’t do very well and I hope this year shows we can do better.”

Tim DeGroot is confident the float will achieve a higher score than last year’s float.

“We are more equipped and experienced this year than we were last year,” DeGroot said. “I’m positive our float will score a lot higher than it did last year.”

Although homecoming often rallies students to work as a class, others remain indifferent, choosing not to participate.

“I don’t feel that I have any reason to participate in the float except for the fact that I’m a sophomore,” Connor Gibes said. “I don’t think it’s important for me to be involved.”

In contrast to the apathy of some sophomores, Ainley stresses the importance of class participation to attain an adequate score.

“We receive class participation points for students being involved in the float, so the more the better,” Ainley said. “We will have a better chance of winning if more people participate. It’s also fun when students from your class come together for one purpose.”

Because of the musical theme, Camden thinks the float will relate to more students and generate increased involvement.

“I really like our float idea because I like to dance so I can relate to the theme,” Camden said. “It’s also cool because it’s something the other classes won’t expect. Our idea is really good, but I don’t think it will turn out as good as we hope.”

For more information on homecoming floats, visit the Sept. 19 article, Seniors plan final float hurrah and the Sept. 29 article, Bluegrass motif dominates freshman float.

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