A Homecoming to Remember

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Buccaneer pride was on full display as the high school held its annual homecoming on Oct. 17. The festivities included a parade down Main Street, followed by the school’s first-ever carnival and the football team taking on the Westhampton Beach Hurricanes.

The homecoming parade kicked off the celebration, as members of the district’s Board of Education, the high school’s marching band and cheerleaders, players from the Islip Buccaneer Youth football program and their cheerleaders, and representatives from the district’s middle and elementary schools walked down Main Street. The parade’s grand finale was the class floats: The freshmen featured Stitch from “Lilo & Stitch,” the sophomores created a pirate ship ordering the rival Hurricanes to “walk the plank” and the juniors’ float featured an orange M&M asking, “Aren’t you glad you’re a Buc?” It was the seniors who stole the show, however, with a “Sesame Street” float including all of that show’s favorite characters.

Once everyone arrived at the high school, they enjoyed the school’s first annual carnival. Students and teachers designed and built all of the games, such as Toilet Toss and Hulk Smash, with the help of donations from local businesses.

“We have such a tight-knit community, and so many families with young children show up to homecoming every year,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “The carnival was a great way for everyone to enjoy the campus and have fun before the game.”

By the time the football game started, the Islip stands were packed with students, faculty members and families. At halftime, Michael St. Lewis and Cheyenne Coughlin were crowned homecoming king and queen. Although the Bucs lost the game, 20-7, no one could deny it was a homecoming to remember.