EI Debuts Spirited Homecoming Festival


For East Islip’s latest homecoming, change was in the air as the district debuted an exciting Homecoming Festival in lieu of the traditional parade. The Sept. 16 event, held at the Early Childhood Center soccer fields, featured carnival games created and run by high school students, as well as a DJ spinning upbeat music, a rock-climbing wall and other festivities. EI spirit was in full effect, with faces painted in red and white.

The varsity Redmen provided some exciting football action at the ensuing game, despite losing to Sayville, 35-14.

During halftime, John Camlet and Mia DiGiovanna were crowned by Principal William Brennen as homecoming king and queen, respectively. The pair were congratulated by the rest of the homecoming court, consisting of freshmen Robert Camlet and Marie Tohill; sophomores Joseph Falcon and Ashley Rosenthal; juniors  Steven Gieseler and Jolie Lenox; and seniors Hayley Arnold, Alexa Benitez, Michael Silva and Justin Taveras.

After performances by the high school’s band, cheerleaders and kickline team, the inaugural Class Cup was awarded to the Class of 2018, who won the school spirit competition during Spirit Week.

“We were thrilled that our first-ever Homecoming Festival was such a great success,” said school counselor and homecoming organizer Jessica Pignataro. “We look forward to building on this new tradition every year.”