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East Meadow is victorious over Calhoun at Homecoming


East Meadow High School and the surrounding community celebrated homecoming on Oct. 25 with a celebratory parade and football game against the Calhoun High School Cougars, which the Jets won with a final score of 45-10.

Starting from Veteran’s Memorial Park and led by the East Meadow High School marching band, school administrators, board members, faculty and students marched through the neighborhood to the high school.

The theme for this year’s floats was “video games.” The freshman class built a Donkey Kong float, sophomores went back in time with Pac-Man, juniors chose an ode to Sonic the Hedgehog and the senior class created life-size Mario Party characters. While students riding on the floats threw treats to those supporting them, members of the homecoming court were escorted throughout the parade, followed by the high school’s cheerleading and kick line teams.

Before the game began, senior football players were recognized and given flowers in recognition of their final Homecoming.

As game time approached, the high school marching band took their seats in the crowd. Among them were middle school band students who were participating in a Music Mentor program. This program allows Woodland Middle School students the opportunity to understand what it means to be a high school band member.

After a patriotic rendition of the national anthem sung by the Senior Chorale, the Jets ran onto the field and the game was underway. The Jets went into halftime with a big lead over Calhoun, paving the way for their victory.

After performances by the kickline team, cheerleaders and the marching band, halftime celebrations concluded with the crowning of the homecoming king Chris Wade and queen Jenna Balsamo.

The rest of the homecoming court was Matt Parise, Zoya Cheema, Dani Sebastian, Melanie Marien, Syed Shah, Sarena Sahadeo, Daniel Tellerman and Emily Stea.

—Brian Stieglitz