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The Return of Homecoming!

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East Islip enjoyed an all-day celebration of school and community pride on Oct. 8, featuring its first high school pep rally and homecoming events since the fall of 2019.

The week leading up to homecoming was spent showing off EI Pride as students and staff dressed up each day of Spirit Week, earning points to win the coveted Class Cup, a year-long competition between the classes.

On homecoming morning, the pep rally was held outside this year at Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium. The school’s varsity and JV teams were introduced and senior athletes and band members recognized. Students enjoyed “Minute to Win It” games run by the class councils and student government, including sack races and a tug of war.

In light of uncertainty regarding mandates, a traditional parade through the community was not planned. However, student government organized a mini-parade at the end of the afternoon. The march through the school campus was led by the pep band, followed by varsity, JV, middle school, and East Islip Competition cheerleaders; several high school clubs; the PTSA; class councils, and Pee Wee football players. The parade ended on the field behind the stadium, where the community had the chance to sample five different food trucks before and during the big game.
Just before dusk fell, the undefeated varsity football team took the field, bearing American flags as well as the names of the 13 U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26 on their helmets.

Once the game against Half Hollow Hills West began, East Islip took charge, racking up the touchdowns en route to a commanding 42-7 victory. Quarterback Derek Burrell completed six of eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown while running for 65 yards and two touchdowns, while Leo Lopez ran for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Other notable efforts included an interception for Aiden Lenox and a sack by Cooper Parkinson.

During halftime, the school’s royals were announced: freshmen Julianna D’Addario and Vincent Abbatiello, sophomores Charlie Heffernan and Mary Ranzie, juniors Riley Kramer and Muhammed Abdullah, and seniors Bill Ahmad and Jenna Scandale.

“The week was a huge success,” student government advisers Kate Boucher and Bridget Lopiccolo said. “Everyone enjoyed the events and pep rally. We have many great ideas planned and are looking forward to a spring pep rally to celebrate the senior athletes who participate in winter and spring sports.”



Sunday, November 28, 2021