Colton produces Homecoming worthy of the gods

CHS’ Homecoming brings out the community for a number of exciting events surrounding the big game


Dannya Diaz is crowned 2021 Homecoming Queen at the halftime coronation ceremony.

Colton, CA—The 2021 Homecoming season is often overshadowed by the football game, but with a jubilant parade and glamorous halftime coronation ceremony, this Greek-themed Homecoming never lost its shine.

The evening began with the annual Homecoming Parade. The parade route started at Colton Middle School and progressed down Rancho Avenue, which was blocked off by Colton PD. The parade was led by a marching Junior ROTC followed by this year’s Grand Marshal, Colton High math teacher Roxanne Berch.

“This was so much fun!” Berch called out atop her regal perch in a convertible Corvette.

The procession was followed by the Colton High Marching Band, and a steady stream of floats from the graduating classes, the CROSS Club, Colton Pride, the local Junior All-American Micro Yellowjackets football team, and even Class of 1971 Cross-Country Queen Joanne Salazar Rosengrant. The parade participants threw candy out onto the crowd, causing the kids in attendance—both child and adult alike—scurrying for a sugar fix.

The cheering crowd of Coltonites was also treated to the parade of Homecoming Court nominees, from the underclassmen to the Senior Court. Senior Brooke Carlson, who is the Drum Major for the Marching Band, was followed by her bandmates, celebrating her in song. And Yvette Gonzales, who is a proud member of the Welding Pathway, had her team of welders right on her heels in their helms.

This was just a precursor for the big event at halftime of the Homecoming game.

With ROTC, cheer, and marching band creating a tunnel across the field, Colton’s Homecoming Court winners were all announced and praised for their accomplishments. Each were escorted by family, or teachers who celebrated the spotlight with them. As the seniors waited to be announced, they talked warmly with each other, having built strong friendships over the course of this campaign.

Once everyone was announced, ASB members handed out gift boxes to each nominee. Confetti burst from the winners’ boxes.

The first was 2021 Homecoming King Enrique Baltazar, whose delight at the exploding box brought a big cheer from the Colton crowd.

Then the nominees for queen opened theirs and Dannya Diaz received her big surprise—the Homecoming Queen crown.

Halftime quickly turned into a big party as the nominees, their families, and the screaming fans celebrated in the great tradition of being a Colton Yellowjacket.