Another year of Redmen pride was celebrated during East Islip High School's raucous annual pep rally on Sept. 28.
Once the senior class photo had been taken, the introductions began. After acknowledging the junior varsity athletes in attendance, as well as East Islip's non-school local teams in hockey and rugby, Principal William Brennen turned the mic over to Athletic Director Stephen Restivo and the varsity coaches, who introduced the school's 2012-2013 teams in swimming, boys and girls cross-country, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, volleyball, field hockey and kickline.
The announcement of this year's homecoming court was next, beginning with ninth-grade attendant Crystal Vessalico, 10th-grade attendant Sarah O’Neill and 11th-grade attendant Kinza Zia. Elected as homecoming king was senior Daniel Hayden, edging out James Ryan and Sean Condon. Fellow senior Autumn Miller was announced as East Islip's homecoming queen for 2012-2013; the runners-up were Allison Casey and Shannon Cummings.
After a rousing performance by EI's cheerleading squad, the girls formed a red-and-white gauntlet for the Redmen as coach Sal Ciampi introduced this season's varsity football team, including Homecoming King Hayden.