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September 26th, 2008
San Marcos prepares for Homecoming Week


From the San Marcos school district

The San Marcos High School Rattlers football team will take on the New Braunfels Canyon High School Cougars on Friday, October 3, at 7:30 pm in Bobcat Stadium — but that’s only a part of the weekend’s grand activities.

A Homecoming Carnival is planned for Thursday, October 2, from 4:15-7:15 pm at the high school. Student clubs and organizations will be selling food, soft drinks, and tickets to play games. The high school Diamond Line dance team, the Rattler Band, and the football booster clubs will offer “Rattler Gear” (logo shirts and caps) for sale. The locally famous Jiggle Bug Express will be on hand for smaller children, and there will be a New Braunfels Canyon car bash.

The high school evening pep rally will commence at 7:45 pm and continue to 9 pm, featuring the varsity football team, the Rattler Band, Color Guard, Diamond Line dance team, cheerleaders, and the Student Council. Homecoming Royalty Nominees will also be introduced. They include the “Queen” nominees of Erika Livingston, Cydney McMillan, Ele Taylor, and Healea Williams and the “King” nominees of Shawn Burkhart, Aaron Canady, Mark Line, and Everisto Vazquez.

Mums sales are brisk, and it is not too late to place an order. The personalized ribbon mums, made by the Diamond Line members, are on sale at Victory Cleaners parking lot, 418 S. LBJ Drive on September 29 and 30, and October 1 and 2, from 4:30-7:30 pm. They are also available at the intermediate, junior high, and high schools. Prices range from $15 to $45, and orders can be placed by calling 392-4251. Spirit Bears are also available for sale, along with decorated garters.

The high school Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 4, from 8-11 pm in the high school cafeteria.

The San Marcos High School Alumni Association has teamed with the San Marcos Education Foundation to recognize the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients during half-time on the evening of October 3. A pre-game reception will be held at 5:45 pm in the Sac N Pac Room at Bobcat Stadium; RVSPs are required to attend. Call 393-6930 to reserve a spot. This year’s inductees include former Hays County Treasurer and political activist Dottie Payne Sims (Class of 1940); Director of the Center for Migrant Education Frank Contreras (1954);  former president of Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Corporation John Roberts (1962); Central Texas realtor and developer Randall Morris (1965); Fulbright scholar and educator Liz Champagne Johnson (1969); national award-winning psychologist Melba Vasquez (1969); and CNN news anchor Cinnamon Linda Stouffer Staussman (1988).

Rattler Roundup Activities fill out the rest of the weekend with the Chili and Fajita Cook-Off at Plaza Park on the San Marcos River beginning Saturday morning, along with an Alumni Golf Tournament. The Alumni Association co-hosts with the Hill County Restaurant Association a “Taste of the Hill Country” event at Plaza Park from 11 am to 3 pm, with lots of free food samples. Live music will also be featured. Saturday night the annual Alumni Dinner and Dances will be held in two locations: classes of 1950’s – 1975 at the Texas State University Student Center Ballroom and across town at the Activity Center for the classes of 1976-2008. For full details about all these events, visit or call 393-6930.


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