Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Special to the Valley News

Students spent the week of Oct. 17 planning for Noli Indian School’s annual Homecoming Parade, which took place Thursday, Oct. 20, ahead of the Braves’ football game against Rolling Hills Prep Schools from San Pedro. A dance, with an “Under the Sea” theme Friday, Oct. 21, at Soboba Tribal Hall gave them a final day to celebrate a week’s worth of school spirit activities.

Each grade level from 6-12 chose to design a float based on this year’s theme of “Holidays.” The Class of 2029 took spectators to Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob SquarePants Day, class of 2028 had a lovely float full of hearts for Valentine’s Day and Christmas was celebrated by the class of 2027. High school freshmen took on New Year’s Eve for their holiday while the sophomores chose Independence Day. The juniors cleverly honored Mad Hatter’s Day and depicted his famous tea party while the class of 2023 seniors combined Disney and Halloween to bring a season-appropriate holiday to the forefront.

Grand marshal DeeDee Vallejo, who was chosen by Associated Student Body students, was in the lead as the class floats made their way to The Oaks football stadium, joined by Soboba Fire Department, Soboba Parks and Recreation and other entries. Principal Donovan Post said Vallejo was chosen for her dedicated work with CASA and on behalf of domestic violence issues as well as her many years of supporting her children when they attended Noli Indian School.

Students rode on their class’s float and tossed candy to families who lined Castile Canyon Road, cheering for each holiday as it passed by. The Noli School Board chose the float winners, which were announced at halftime. First place went to the freshman New Year’s team, second place was won by the sixth grade SpongeBob team and third place was awarded to the eighth grade Christmas team. Winners got a class-wide pizza party.

Also announced and introduced at halftime was this year’s Homecoming Court. Freshman Class Sweetheart Shawna Rivera. She is the daughter of Tanya Briones-Rivera and Louie Rivera. She was escorted by Freshman Class Sweetheart Aaron Devore, son of Rene Rhodes. Sophomore Class Duchess Davina Magante is the daughter of Melissa Morales and Donald Magante, and Sophomore Class Duke is Babe Briones. Luisa Rivera, daughter of Tanya Briones-Rivera, is Junior Class Princess, and she was escorted onto the field by Junior Class Prince Raymond Russell, son of Elizabeth and Raymond Russell.

Senior Class Queen Ciara Ramos is the daughter of Woolo Mendoza and granddaughter of Connie Briones. She plans to go into the medical field after graduation or become an entrepreneur with her own business. Javier Martinez reigned as Senior Class King.

Football team members who put it all on the field during the game were seniors Anthony Contreras, Addis Martin and Javier Martinez. Completing the Braves lineup was Daigan Cyhan, Aaron Devore, Tishmal Goff, Johnny Gutierrez, Ferdencio Morreo, Ronald Morillo, Andrew Salgado, Anthony Salgado, Matthew Torres and Robert Valencia.

Other students got involved by taking photos throughout the week for the school yearbook. Contributing student photographers are sixth-graders Ruben Estanislao and Nickolas Melchor, freshmen Serena Hawk and Alana Arrietta, sophomore Davina Magante and juniors Maryhelen Hurtado and Matthew Torres. Contributing staff photographers are Lend Slay Frison III, Kekai Bryant and Andrea Duran.