Homecoming reflects on the past

Leanne Cave

Homecoming is the traditional game of the year for alumni students, football players, cheerleaders and families to “come home” and reflect on pass experiences as well as celebrate with current students the one thing we all have in common, “Our Alma Mater.”
The 2006 Bakersfield College Homecoming presented a tasty theme from all around the world as we served the 2,822 alumni and fans in attendance, a “Cultural Cocktail.”
As always, the Homecoming Procession was led by district chancellor Sandra Serrano. Serrano was followed by BC president William Andrews.
The 2006 Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Festivities, Jack Brigham, was not in attendance.
Even though Brigham was not in attendance, he is worthy of mention. Brigham’s “motto” while serving students in the community has always been “What’s Best for the Students.”
The dignitaries were followed by the alumni and current cheerleaders.
The cheerleaders play an important part in promoting school spirit and are always a special part of Homecoming activities.
This year there were approximately 25 in attendance, some traveled to cheer the ‘Gades on to a 41-10 victory over Moorpark College.
Those who cheer on the ‘Gades at every opportunity are Bunny Haberfelde, class of 1945, Deanna Jensen Bower, class of 1962 and Sally Payne Hill, class of 1966.
Bower makes her “poms” every year.
Jerry Caneta, Renegade alumni cheerleader led the cheers for the crowd this year.
There are family ties within the cheerleading core as well.
Becki Whitson and daughter Nichole Scanlon coach the current BC cheerleaders.
Besides the mother and daughter team, there are sisters, Debbie Buehrer Shannon and Becky Buehrer Standback that cheer the ‘Gades on and a father-son team.
The father-son/mascot-cheerleader team that participated this year is Blake and Clark Goehring. Blake is the mascot.
“The BC cheerleaders past and present are like a family,” Becky Whitson, BC coach said. “The cheerleaders are a hard-working group.”
Whitson said she enjoyed getting to cheer with her current squad at Homecoming this year.
The club floats followed the cheerleaders.
First, in procession was the Engineers Float, decorated like a globe with interesting sites from around the world, including the Tehachapi Loop and Eiffel Tower. The Engineers placed first in the competition.
The second in line was the Pre-Med float which had a spicy South American flavor. The Pre-Med club placed second in the competition. Third and last, but not least, was the Spanish Club, it represented the Spanish Community and carried a Texas Flag across the front.
The cars carrying the king and queen winners followed the floats.
The 2006 Homecoming King is Samuel Bautista and the 2006 Homecoming Queen is Ana Vega. Both represent the Mecha Club.
The last of the Homecoming Procession was the Highway 99 Classic Car Club featuring classic models of sports cars.