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11/1/2012 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Remember, you are a Yellow Jacket for life

Parades, parties, football, friends, green, gold, noise, and good old small town fun is what Palo Verde High School Homecoming is all about. This is the one of the few times throughout the year that people put aside their differences and come together for the common cause of being a "Yellow Jacket."

This is Homecoming weekend and Yellow Jackets from all over will be buzzing back into town for reunions.

One of the unique things about being a graduate of Palo Verde High is that no matter where you have gone, regardless of the things that have been accomplished, whether you live in Blythe or away, you are forever a Yellow Jacket.

People have gone on to other places, graduating from higher learning institutions and leaving the Yellow Jacket mascot behind. But the green and gold school spirit is never too far behind because every five years letterman jackets are dusted off, cheerleading uniforms are taken out of the back of closets, class rings are shined and yearbooks are thumbed through all for the sake of being a Yellow Jacket.

Some former PVHS classes plan for the Homecoming weekend a year in advance and some classes recognize and celebrate being a Yellow Jacket every year. It shows how much pride there is to being a Yellow Jacket - in every Homecoming parade there is at least one float for every five-year interval reunion year traveling down Hobsonway all the way back to a PVHS class that graduated in the '40s.

What makes Homecoming so special? It is one of the few times in life that adults get to return to high school and let go of all the pressures and responsibilities of being an adult.

It takes PVHS graduates back to a time when all that had to be done is make curfew and stay out of trouble. It reminds PVHS graduates of the camaraderie, safety and support that was experienced growing up in Blythe. High school was also a time when students knew that the sky was the limit.

And it must be mentioned that Homecoming weekend is the biggest, non-nationally recognized holiday in Blythe. Businesses close down for the parade and lock up early for the game. It is the one time during the year that people can tell bosses, "I'm taking Friday off because it's my reunion." And the boss just smiles because they, too, are taking Friday off because it's their reunion.

A PVHS reunion is like no other. The town is packed Friday nights during Homecoming weekend. PVHS classmates are making new memories to add to the past Yellow Jacket memories.

Saturday night the fairgrounds are transformed into a Palo Verde High campus stretching across decades and a place where people who never walked the halls together have a chance to meet, greet and dance the night together.

On Sunday class members say their good-byes to their friends and good old Palo Verde High days and return to their lives, rich with green and gold memories.

The memories made this weekend will be enough to hold for another five years but just in case, if you need a green and gold pick me up, remember to stand up and be proud you graduated from Palo Verde High School and you are a Yellow Jacket for life.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Green and Gold

dear, dear, sweet, ignorant Negative Nancy...
too bad you just don't know what's what. In Louisiana (State U) they have the Bulldogs and WHAT'S THIS?!? in West Covina (H.S.) they have the bulldogs too and it looks just like the bulldog LSU uses OH NO what ever shall the mascot world do? In Philadelphia they have the Eagles and in South Carolina (at an H.S.) they have....THE EAGLES! In conclusion yes! you're the only one bothered by it.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Class of the Year ALL 4 YEARS!!!!

We ROCK, We RULE, You SUCK, You DROOL... hahaha!

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: Misti Parker

I'll always be a die hard yellow jacket!
Wish i could have been there for the reunion. I'm going to try next year.
Class of 86 still rocks in my books!!

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: David Camargo

Will leave modesto ca next year and head for jacket country, for MY 45th.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Negative Nancy

Not to be a negative Nancy or anything, but am I the only one who is bothered by the fact that the PVHS Yellow Jacket is obviously stolen artwork from Georgia Tech?


Is this the message we want to send our kids? Maybe it's time to redesign the mascot...

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Albert Albanez

86 baby

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: green gold

i agree keep our true colors green and gold

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: GOLD & GREEN FOREVER!

This is always a great time of the year! always alot of fun seeing old friends, and classmates.
I will say one thing, over the last few years, we seem to be getting away from tradition here, we are GREEN & GOLD!! Not Gold and black! I wish people would stop trying to change our colors!

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Tim Cox

You are right, homecoming is part of what makes Blythe special. I like how everyone comes out to the parade to watch the floats. The classes just finished building them. Unfortunately there were we only had parents from about 7-10 kids helping. There are nearly a thousand kids going to PVHS, so it's a shame we can't get more help. Thankfully, a small group of kids and their class advisors did all the work. So before we talk about how it makes our town so special, ask yourself what you put into it. Let's teach them our traditions and keep them strong.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Mr. Empty Pants

"Buzz" certainly describes a good portion of the Class of '64!

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer Nall

Love this!! Blythe is unique! Homecoming is the one "non-holiday" that every graduate of PVHS should look forward to. It doesn't matter if it's your reunion, you always get to see & visit with your former classmates!! School friendships, especially PVHS classmates, are the BEST! Thank you Palo Verde Times for this FANTISTIC Editorial!!!!!

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