FLINT TWP. — An assortment of brightly colored garbage bags, chicken wire, spray paint and school spirit converged on Saturday for a full day of float building by Carman Ainsworth high school students, advisors and helpers.
Students are vying to score points in float design, T-shirt design and participation in a variety of Spirit Week events that will determine the winner of the first Carman-Ainsworth Spirit Cup — newly created this year.
In preparation for Homecoming Day on Friday, many students spent up to 8 hours last Saturday helping to staple, glue, paint and hammer out the long list of tasks that go into building a parade float.
Using an Empires of the World theme, each class was assigned a different realm. The seniors have Sparta, juniors have Egypt, sophomores have China and the freshman have Persia from which to draw inspiration.
The freshmen’s gold and maroon float depicts a Persian palace perched on a sand base, fronted by a water fountain surrounded by flowers, said Sabrina Plenter, junior class president.
The junior’s Egyptian float recreated the Sphinx and a Pyramid in teal, gold and black. The teal and gold were chosen to mimic jewels of the Egyptian empire, said Ashleigh King, a junior working on the float. Class members riding the float on Friday will be dressed as mummies, she said.
The sophomores created a Chinese dragon in red and yellow while the seniors perched Mt. Olympus and the Parthenon atop their brown, white, black and burgundy float to represent the Greek-derived Spartan empire.
Similar color schemes and the Empires theme were also used in the student-created T-shirt designs to be worn on Class Day on Friday.
The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the South Baptist Church on Van Slyke Road, south of Bristol Road and follows a route south to Maple Road, then east to the CA Middle School. The football game against the Davison Cardinals begins at 7 p.m.