Written by Shelly Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
On a beautiful September morning, thousands of students, faculty, parents, and community members enthusiastically lined up to kick-off the 9th Annual North Shore Schools Homecoming Parade at Glenwood Landing School. Leading the parade was the American Legion Glenwood Landing Post 336 followed by the North Shore Cheerleading team, NSHS Drum Line directed by David Soto, the Board of Education including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, the Booster Club, the Viking Foundation, various parent organizations, and the Glenwood Landing Fire Department, just to name a few.
Dressed in maroon and white, numerous North Shore High School students showed their school spirit by designing decorative floats, wearing face paint, and waving flags and balloons. They were accompanied by Principal Albert Cousins and Assistant Principals Jen Imperiale and Kevin Kurrus. Middle school students and faculty along with Principal Dr. Marc Ferris led a float symbolizing the school’s theme, E3 (Everyone Matters, Everyone Cares, Everyone Learns). Elementary children and teachers from Glenwood Landing, Glen Head, and Sea Cliff enthusiastically held banners and walked with their respective principals including Bridget Finder, Lori Nimmo and Chris Zublionis. Also, many school clubs and sports teams/travel sports teams proudly walked in the parade. In addition, the NS High School Homecoming King and Queen (Jack Diede and Antonella Maffettone), as well as the Senior Citizen King and Queen (Karl Burkhart and Nancy Stepkowski), proudly waved to the crowd. To their delight, enthusiastic community residents happily lined the streets applauding, cheering, and sounding their horns for the North Shore Schools Homecoming festivities.
The parade culminated at the high school where more than 2,000 residents participated in the second annual North Shore Homecoming Carnival and Arts Celebration. It was organized and supported by the Homecoming Committee, the parent association in each of the schools, the Arts Angels, the Athletic Booster Club, and members of the Key Club under the direction of Julia Salat. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children of all ages happily engaged in fun carnival games, live music courtesy of the Arts Angels, challenging booths including a dunk tank, and exciting inflatable rides. You could see the joy on everyone’s faces as older students assisted younger ones, teachers and students led various games and activities, and faculty members plunged into the dunking booth. But, that wasn’t all! Throughout the day, the Arts Angels sold hand-made Viking helmets, the Viking Foundation welcomed alumni and began taking brick orders for the Viking Victory Square, the Athletic Booster Club grilled delicious food for everyone to enjoy at the concession stand, and the Parent Organizations along with classes and clubs sold various North Shore merchandise in support of our schools and programs.
As the carnival ended, a large crowd happily jammed into the Stadium Track & Field for a fabulous pre-game show including the “Kindergarten Fun Run,” Pulse Dance Team, Drum Line and Viking Cheerleaders. High School Band Conductor David Soto then led the North Shore High School Pep Band and Drum Line in the “Star Spangled Banner” followed immediately by the Viking Football game. In an action-packed game, the Vikings were narrowly defeated by Valley Stream North, 15-7.