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Rain Can’t Douse Mineola's Spirit

32nd homecoming a lively event despite loss  

Hundreds came out to the Mineola High School homecoming parade this past Saturday to support the Mustangs. The parade marched its way down Jericho Turnpike to the home field near Hampton Street, despite a pouring rain. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of students participating in the parade or the cheering of the enthusiastic spectators.

 

Car horns could be heard honking for miles around, as well as shouts of the school’s seniors. When the parade reached the football field, the school spirit and community pride brought Hampton Street Stadium’s energy to its apex. 

Sporting red bandannas, football jerseys and massive bags of glitter, upperclassmen ran up and down the street making sure everything in their line of sight was doused with an abundance of rainbow sparkle. The homecoming court was led by King Leo Garry and Queen Kathryn Priolo, with supporting courtiers Junior Princess Julianna Caruso, Sophomore Princess Meghan LaFaye and Freshman Princess Anne Cripps. 

 

Katie Barnwell, Michelle Sentra and Bonnie Small sang the national anthem just before the Mustangs took the field against the West Hempstead Rams. The Rams beat the Mustangs, 35-7.

 

This year’s game showcased a new inflatable tunnel and archway, through which the football players made their entrance onto the field, won by the MHS Booster Club in an MSG Varsity contest.

 

Homecoming is something the Mustangs do not take lightly. There’s a whole day of advance preparations for the event. The seniors take the privilege of trashing, or as they’d call it “decorating,” the school. Students rise early to paint their faces red, black or white, have “Mustangs” written across their torso in marker, or figuring out a garb that will properly showcase their school spirit. It’s all part of the fun. 


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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