The Homecoming Day parade will feature colorful floats. (Darin Reed photo.)

Homecoming Day on Saturday at Huntington High School

The Homecoming Day parade will feature colorful floats. (Darin Reed photo.)

October 19, 2017

Alumni from as many as nine different decades are expected to participate in one way or another during Huntington High School’s Homecoming Day festivities on Saturday. It will culminate a week full of activities for more than 1,500 students.

The day will feature a late morning parade through the heart of the village followed by an afternoon football game against rugged Riverhead. Halftime activities will include performances by the Blue Devil marching band and the Highsteppers, the high school’s competitive dance team along with the crowning of the Homecoming Day king and queen and an announcement of the winning class float entry. The school’s pep band will play throughout the game.

Homecoming is a production of the high school student government, which is led by faculty advisors Fred Bisogno and Anthony Troffa along with individual class advisors, including: 2018: Lauren Desiderio, Victoria Lombardi and Donna Nugent; 2019: Danielle Lusardi and David Moriarity; 2020: Kristin Fortunato and Paige Tyree; 2021: Amelia Saggese and Jordan Schessler.

A decades-long tradition will continue on Saturday morning as the 11:30 a.m. parade will include four colorful class floats, the Blue Devil marching band, cars ferrying members of the Royal Court, trucks and tractors filled with hundreds of students and untold numbers of marchers on every grade level.

Parade participants will include Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack, Superintendent James W. Polansky, members of the Huntington School Board and the district’s administrative corps, PTA members and teachers from across the district. The class floats will later be put on display adjacent to the football field following the parade.

“I am very proud of the effort that all of our officers put into making this a successful homecoming,” Mr. Troffa said. “We look forward to the parade and each year it grows larger with more participants. This year’s homecoming dance will be awesome. DJ Glen DeVeau will have the gym rocking.”

Student participation in planning sessions for the homecoming festivities “has been incredible” and large crowds are expected at various events according to the faculty advisors. “Each meeting has been packed and it is evident that the students are eager to build themselves a successful homecoming,” Mr. Troffa said.

Shuttle Bus Available for Parade Participants

Those participating in Saturday’s parade can utilize a shuttle bus, which will be running back and forth between Huntington High School and the Gerard Street parking lot which is the step-off point. The bus will run from 10:30 a.m. to about 2 p.m. to ferry parade participants to and from their cars.

About 500 students are expected in the high school gym for Thursday night’s dance. The Friday afternoon pep rally in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium is being eagerly anticipated. Coaches will introduce their teams, the Highsteppers and Ready Step dance teams will perform and the Blue Devil marching band will entertain students and faculty members.

“Homecoming is a very special time of year when Huntington pride is at its highest,” Principal Brenden Cusack said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with alumni and the community. I hope that everyone will come out to the parade and football game to show what Huntington is truly all about.”

Homecoming Theme is Cities

Friday night will be busy as students spend time putting the finishing touches on their class floats from 6-11 p.m. Following their afternoon practice, varsity and JV football players will attend a traditional team dinner organized by parents in the school cafeteria.

“We look forward to the creativity in the floats,” Mr. Bisogno said. “It’s always wonderful to see new ideas and creations fall into place on float night. There will be some strict competition among all grades to be reviewed by the float judges on Saturday morning. Guiseppe’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Huntington Station is helping us out by giving us a great deal for our float night pizzas. The kids have worked very hard to put the week and weekend activities together. It’s a wonderful time for the whole school community to come together and celebrate.”

No tickets are required for Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. football game. Admission is free. The Huntington Booster Club will be on hand selling food, refreshments and an assortment of Blue Devil apparel items throughout the game.

2016 Homecoming King and Queen Garrett Moya and Leanne Daly.
2016 Homecoming King and Queen Garrett Moya and Leanne Daly. (Darin Reed photo.)

“It promises to be a beautiful weekend and a wonderful chance to celebrate the incredible things taking place within the Huntington school community,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “I encourage one and all to join in or line the streets to watch this year’s parade, which will feature groups from all district schools. A spirited football contest will follow, featuring the 4-2 Blue Devils and the Riverhead Blue Waves, as well as some very special halftime performances. You won’t want to miss any of it.”

Last year’s Homecoming Day game and halftime entertainment drew an estimated crowd of about 2,000. Seniors Garrett Moya (Marquette University) and Leanne Daly (Penn State University) were crowned Homecoming Day king and queen, respectively. If there is good weather, a similar throng is expected this weekend at Huntington High School.

Organizers are hoping for all-inclusive parade participation with hundreds of students and parents from all eight buildings and that families from across the district will stay to watch the football game. Following the contest, alumni are expected to head to local restaurants and pubs throughout the village for individual and group reunions and get-togethers.

Student Government Officers are Busy

Student government officers will be busy this week handling final preparations for the weekend’s festivities and encouraging participation in the daily “spirit” activities.

The school-wide GO is led by Lindsay Saginaw (president), Max Robins (vice president), Katie Seccafico (treasurer), Melissa Lopez (corresponding secretary), Rachel Moss (recording secretary), Xavier Edgar-McNerney (historian) and administrative assistants Nolan Piccola, Levi Leach and Sydni Bosley.

The Class of 2018 is led by seniors Charlotte Brosoff (president), Niamh Condon (vice president), Isabella Piccola (treasurer), Francine Nastasi (corresponding secretary), Lauren White (recording secretary), Amelia Reilly (historian) and administrative assistants Kendall Williams and Citlalli Lozano.

The Class of 2019 is led by juniors Teddy Holly (president), Dominick Stanley (vice president), Kaitlyn Sage (treasurer), Henry Cartwright (recording secretary), Ashlyn Case (historian) and administrative assistants Jeraine Nieves-Morales, Annabella Matheus and Brenna Pereca.

The Class of 2020 is led by sophomores Chris Mavrogian (president), Madelyn Reed (vice president), Natalie Ciccone (treasurer), Faith Youngquist (corresponding secretary), Natalie Furman (recording secretary), Zubair Ali (historian) and administrative assistant Gabriel Medina-Jaudes.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s expected for Saturday’s festivities, everything appears to be in place for another unforgettable day in Huntington.

A huge high school pep rally is set for Friday afternoon. (Darin Reed photo.)
A huge high school pep rally is set for Friday afternoon. (Darin Reed photo.)
The Blue Devil football team plays Riverhead on Saturday afternoon. (Mike Connell photo.)
The Blue Devil football team plays Riverhead on Saturday afternoon. (Mike Connell photo.)
The parade will include folks from all eight school buildings. (Darin Reed photo.)
The parade will include folks from all eight school buildings. (Darin Reed photo.)