Oh, The Places They Went
for Homecoming 2014
Under ominous gray clouds on September 13th (exceptionally early in the school year), Sayville celebrated its Homecoming Parade and game. Spirit Week began the first full week of school, requiring each class to summon heart and unity while preparing the traditional dance routines, skits, and floats based on this year’s theme: Destinations.
One unifying factor was the special tribute given by every class to Joey Visone, (Class of 2015) who, after a courageous fight with terminal brain cancer, passed away this summer. A member of the Sayville Varsity football team with the jersey number 56, Joey had been a defensive end, punter, and kicker who had also participated in the off-season conditioning program. Everywhere, the number 56 was painted on faces, incorporated into signs, displayed on cars, as well as on a “Brothers Forever” memorial plaque, ensuring that Joey’s memory was a tangible presence during the first major school event without him.
Ingeniously constructed in tissue-paper, four distinctive float designs depicted the destinations of each class: the Freshman Class chose a unique one—Nowhere—even with nowhere to go, the Freshman had fun dancing to Under the Sea as the first class to perform in the pregame time slot. The Sophomores followed on location with beautiful Hawaii, showcasing great enthusiasm in a hula dance number that included acrobatic tumbles by two amazing students.
During half-time, the Junior class came up from down under with their exotic Australia float, replete with kangaroos, and enhanced by a coordinated dance number in which an ESM Shark attack was averted by a well-placed bolt of Flashes’ lightning. However, on safari in Africa, members of the senior class reminisced about back home at Sayville High school where they were kings. On cue, a herd of seniors leaped into a wild dance routine to I Can’t Wait to Be King, with encouraging roars that solicited the chant: “Sen-iors! Sen-iors!” from the responsive crowd.
During Homecoming, each class float and skit was judged by members of the Rotary Club of Sayville who used the following criteria:
- Spirit week points (provided by the school)
- Number of participants
- Float construction and visual aspect
- Music and choreography
- Thematic cohesion
Combining the Spirit Week’s scores (Seniors 603, Juniors 552, Sophomores 450, and Freshmen 387) with the overall Homecoming Day activities, the Rotary Club of Sayville judges rendered a decision. While the Seniors took First Place, the Juniors came in with a very close Second. Third Place was claimed by the Sophomores, leaving the newly minted Freshmen class in Fourth.
A little rain did fall on the frivolities, but at least not until the Senior Class float had driven off the field at the end of their half-time performance. The threat of a steady rainfall prompted those in the crowd without umbrellas to disperse from the bleachers before the second half of the game. However, the Flashes and their die-hard fans persevered to the end. After the National Anthem was sung by seniors Meghan Gunther and Timothy Costorf, the Homecoming game against Eastport-South Manor Sharks began with the home team charging through a “Brothers Forever” banner. Throughout the game, the Sayville Flashes were electric—no shock, they won with a stunning 42:0.
2014 HOMECOMING COURT
King Michael Castagna
Queen Abbey Von Zwehl
King Alec Fox
Queen Kristen Eichele
King Hunter Schenkel
Queen Nicole Bevilacqua
King Kyle Steck
Queen Jessica O’Shaughnessy