A pandemic could not stop Lynbrook High School from celebrating its senior student-athletes. The school hosted a festive and safe homecoming car parade, which was followed by the school’s annual homecoming football game at Marion Street School on April 10.
Student-athletes from the class of 2021 decorated their cars in green and gold and met in the high school parking lot. While honking and waving to onlookers, the seniors made their way to Marion Street School, where they continued the car parade on the school’s track. Three seniors, along with LHS Principal Joseph Rainis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak, led the parade. Homecoming Queen Maeve Mooney was one of the parade participants. She was crowned queen in school the day before, along with King Joseph Giovinco, a senior on the football team.
Before the football game against the Division Avenue High School Blue Dragons, senior members of Lynbrook’s cheerleading, kickline and football teams were announced onto the football field with their loved ones. Attendees and teammates cheered them on as they prepared to close the chapter on their high school athletic careers.
Additionally, the Lynbrook community held a moment of silence for the late RoseAnne Strife, a longtime supporter of the Lynbrook Public Schools and student athletics. She was both a member of the Lynbrook Moms’ and Dads’ Club executive board and a devoted PTA member for many years and was well-respected in the district.
During the football game, the Lynbrook cheerleaders showed their school spirit as they chanted and cheered on the Owls. To keep everyone safe, a limited number of spectators were allowed to attend the game and masks were required. That did not stop the crowd from showing their Lynbrook pride and support.
The cheerleading team continued to entertain the crowd during halftime with a spirited performance. This was followed by a performance by the kickline team. Although the Lynbrook Owls did not take home the victory, the day was a memorable one for all as the community came together for a taste of normalcy.
“I am thrilled that we were able to celebrate our hardworking senior athletes this year and hold a homecoming event,” Burak said, according to a school release.. “Although there were health and safety protocols in place and less of a crowd, it was a beautiful day to come together to support our Lynbrook Owls. For those who participated, smiles were definitely behind the masks. My hope is that we are one step closer to normalcy.”
Courtesy Lynbrook Public Schools; compiled by Mike Smollins