East Meadow Beams with Blue and Gold pride

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The sun shined down on administrators, board of education members, students, staff and the community as East Meadow High School celebrated its homecoming festivities and football game against Oceanside High School on October 20. 

Community members lined the streets to watch as dignitaries, the high school marching band, cheerleaders, the Rockettes kickline team, homecoming court and creative class floats made their way from Veterans Memorial Park to Carman Avenue. Fitting the 2018 theme, “Countries,” the freshmen class showcased their United Kingdom float, the sophomore class displayed their Egypt float, the junior class presented their China float and the senior class cheered as they waved on their USA float. Onlookers caught candy from the parade participants as they traveled to East Meadow High School. 

At the conclusion of the parade, community members enjoyed a carnival filled with activities and food from Arby’s, Mille Grazie Pizzeria, SoBol and Qdoba. Additionally, senior football players were recognized on the field with their parents.  The players gave flowers and a T-shirt to their parents for their support and encouragement. Captains of the Rockettes were also honored for their hard work and dedication to the kickline team. 

The crowd roared as the Jets ran onto the field for the start of the big game. The senior chorale performed the National Anthem and the game began shortly after this. The cheerleaders showed their spirit as they entertained the crowd and displayed their Jets pride. 

During the halftime show, the Rockettes, varsity cheerleaders and marching band performed on the field. This was followed by the anticipated announcement of the homecoming king and queen. The homecoming court, dressed in their best gowns and suits, were welcomed onto the field. Seniors Ryan DeRosa and Leila Sayan were crowned king and queen, respectively, to the delight of their peers. Other nominees included Victoria Cuttone, Analisa Giannone, Debbie Jaffe, Ryan Kochie, Dean Lanza, Katerina Liangus, Jeffrey Liu and Jake Wiscovitch. 

Although the game did not end in a victory for the Jets, they were successful in showcasing determination and sportsmanship on the field.