DeKALB – Paulina Morales turned as violet as Violet Beauregarde from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for the French Club’s float in the homecoming parade Thursday.
The DeKalb High School junior’s face was painted a shade between blue and purple, and she wore a purple dress, in keeping with homecoming theme celebrating Willy Wonka.
The French Club’s float also featured an Eiffel Tower and signs referencing Wonka’s Cheese Factory.
The homecoming parade, which included the marching band, cheerleaders and the swim team riding in a pontoon boat, looped around downtown DeKalb, before seniors Maddie Alger and Will Ferguson were crowned homecoming queen and king at a pep assembly that culminated with fireworks.
Saturday’s dance will continue the Willy Wonka theme with Oompa Loompa figures with their faces cut out so students can pose with them – and a faux chocolate river, organizer Jaci Schramm said.
“I’ve been dreaming of this: Can we get a boat [in the chocolate river]?” Schramm said Thursday. “There’s no boat.”
As homecoming week accelerated toward the game tonight and the dance Saturday, Morales admitted her favorite part of the week of activities was dressing up. Earlier Thursday, she employed a prop to complete her outfit for the country-themed spirit day.
“I brought a pig, too,” Morales said, adding that it was a toy. “I was walking it on a leash.”
Meanwhile, sophomores Becca Haug and Shannon Holbrook watched the parade Thursday afternoon near Clinton Rosette Middle School.
They plan to meet up at the dance Saturday.
“I didn’t go to the dance [last year,]” said Haug. “But I’m going this year.”
DeKalb High School Homecoming Court
• Freshmen: Izzy Hayes and Austin Freeman
• Sophomores: Heather Bemis and Paris Killingsworth
• Juniors: Katie Allen and Rory Gallagher
• Seniors: Maggie Rapp and Dylan Hottsmith, Courtney Bemis and Anthony Szula, Kristin Johnson and Augi Jesmer, Deanna Phanenbecker and Steven McMasters
• Queen and King: Maddie Alger and Will Ferguson