Islip High School held its second annual #IslipRising event on Aug. 22, a new tradition that started last year when an idea by Superintendent Dr. Dennis O’Hara first came to life. This fall sports season kickoff saw student-athletes and coaches arriving at the school early enough to watch the sunrise, which was at 6:07 a.m., from Buccaneer Stadium.
The 2022 ceremony began with senior Lianna Rivera singing the National Anthem, followed by words of inspiration from John Sparacio, Islip’s director of health, physical education and athletics.
“This year’s theme is to have fun, work hard, develop new friendships, build upon existing relationships and enjoy every moment out on the fields or in the gymnasiums as much as we can,” Sparacio said. “Put the past in the past, and build today for a better tomorrow.”