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Float reflects sophomores' experience, skills

With one year under their belt, the sophomore class aimed to improve their skills with their representation of Monopoly for this year’s homecoming theme: “It’s Game Time!” Over the course of a month, students planned, sketched, built and painted their float in order to bring their vision to life.

Students convened at Katie King’s house many times over the past few weekends, contributing to their final project through hours of sweat and class calibration.

Along with meetings, the class created a Facebook group to keep communication a top priority, something they hoped would help their peers feel more involved. Students spread the word through this page and posted updates as the project progressed.

With their freshman year behind them, three groups were established to delegate this year’s responsibilities. The groups met to finish each of their projects, ultimately coming together to produce a life-size Monopoly board.

According to Bobby Christopher, the quality of construction reflects the leadership and abilities of his class, which is why he wanted to be involved.

“I only get to do this four times so I want to help out,” Christopher said. “It’s awesome and a lot of fun plus I get to hang out with my friends. I think it’s important to do our best so we are not labeled as a class that can’t make a float.”

After a year of experience, Rayna Endicott says her class was able to correct flaws, due to prior experience.

“We know what to expect more and we know how to prioritize and organize ourselves better,” Endicott said. “We have more ideas after seeing the floats from last year. Also, we know what works better for contacting people, and the process is smoother because we are not doing things at the last minute.”

Robbie Hill enjoys the fellowship he experienced with his classmates outside of school, which allowed him to discover friendships as the project evolved.

“My weekends are usually packed so I couldn’t make it to as many as I would have liked to,” Hill said. “It’s nice bonding with some of the sophomores that I usually don’t get to hang out with in school. Also, it’s nice to see all the hard work you put into the float that comes together to make it look really good.”

However, a few students were unable to attend float meetings. Emily Shakeshaft’s hectic schedule and her desire to avoid dramatics kept her from participating in this year’s float building.

“I feel like my schedule is too busy and its hard for me to fit in random meetings when I could be getting my homework done or other things,” Shakeshaft said. “I get really irritated at people because they’re bossy.”

Despite this, some of the assembly required collaboration and a variety of skills, which allowed Chloe Duerr to contribute with her artistic abilities.

“I like benefiting the class with my talent,” Duerr said. “It’s nice being helpful to something as fun as building a float. I feel like I really got to know people in the class more this year.”

The 27th annual homecoming event will take place on the North Field beginning at 6:45 p.m.

For more information about homecoming read the Oct. 7 article, BRIEF: Homecoming week schedule, 2011.
For other float articles, read the Oct. 12 article, Freshmen desire first homecoming victory.

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    Logan RoodJan 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I love this picture! Scottie is hilarious.