Big Win Caps Homecoming Celebration

Jaron Batts scoring his first of three touchdowns on the day.
Jaron Batts scoring his first of three touchdowns on the day.
Cheerleaders capture the spirit for our National Anthem.
Cheerleaders capture the spirit for our National Anthem.
The Marching Band Color Guard led the parade.
The Marching Band Color Guard led the parade.
Board of Education members and School Administrators helped lead one of the largest parades in many years.
Board of Education members and School Administrators helped lead one of the largest parades in many years.
Celebrating their 50th reunion, the Class of 1963 enjoyed a great day.
Celebrating their 50th reunion, the Class of 1963 enjoyed a great day.
Homecoming Queen Ruby Bafu, along with Wildcat Willie and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker along the parade route.
Homecoming Queen Ruby Bafu, along with Wildcat Willie and Whitman Principal Kathie Acker along the parade route.
DECA kept the hot, fresh popcorn flowing all afternoon.
DECA kept the hot, fresh popcorn flowing all afternoon.
The Walt Whitman award-winning choir led the standing room only audience in the National Anthem.
The Walt Whitman award-winning choir led the standing room only audience in the National Anthem.
The Marching Band knows how to pump-up the crowd and put on a spectacular halftime show.
The Marching Band knows how to pump-up the crowd and put on a spectacular halftime show.

From Superintendent Bennardo:

I want to thank the students, faculty, staff, and community members who participated in last weekend’s Homecoming celebration. It was really a fantastic day filled with pride, spirit, and camaraderie throughout the town. The members of our South Huntington family rallied in grand fashion behind the sights and sounds of the Huntington Manor Fire Department and demonstrated the unity and collective character that makes South Huntington strong. Ms. Acker and her high school team coordinated the numerous groups and activities from start to finish and made it a very special day for everyone. We owe a debt of gratitude to Inspector Brady and the officers of the Second Precinct for providing the support that allowed us to extend the parade onto Jericho Turnpike.  This change contributed richly to the day and signaled a bright, new tradition in South Huntington. 

Congratulations to the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and their advisors on the beautiful floats they created for the Homecoming festivities. Thank you to the members of our Walt Whitman and Stimson marching bands and their directors for anchoring the parade with fantastic music. Thank you, as well, to our high school and middle school cheerleaders and varsity dance team and their advisors for adding tremendous energy to the entire day.

We were also thrilled to have our middle school, junior varsity, and varsity athletic teams, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Public Library Teen Council, Walt Whitman Robotics Club and their coaches and facilitators join our elected officials and Board of Education members for the line of march. In addition, we were particularly fortunate to have our PTA Council members, Countrywood, Oakwood, Birchwood, Maplewood, and Silas Wood students join their Stimson and Walt Whitman counterparts and the class of 1963 alumni for this special day.

Thanks, as well, to the many faculty and staff members, administrators, and Booster Club members for volunteering their time to make our Homecoming such a success. Finally, special thanks to Ms. Acker, her high school administrative team, the teaching and support staff, as well as the custodial and building/grounds and security personnel, for working so hard to provide this special experience for our students and community members. We are all very fortunate to be part of such a special school district family.


Bonfire Slide Show:
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Parade Slide Show:
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Football Game and Halftime Slide Show:
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It was a needed and well earned 34-8 win, and it put the final touch on a beautiful homecoming day on the Whitman campus.

As per Newsday the game breakdown is as follows:

Scoring:

W - Lindor 8 run (Batts run) W - Riley 42 pass from Batts (kick failed) W - Batts 32 pass from Respass (Ward kick) W - Batts 37 pass from Respass (Ward kick) W - Batts 66 punt return (kick failed) C - Archibal 13 pass from O'Brien (McFadden run)

Highlights: Whitman 34, Copiague 8: Jaron Batts scored touchdowns with his legs and threw for a fourth in the Suffolk II win. His 66-yard punt return with 3:00 left in the third quarter gave the Wildcats a 34-0 lead. Batt's 42-yard throw to Gerald Riley with eight minutes left in the second quarter gave Whitman 14-0 lead. Parrish Respass threw for two touchdowns, both to Batts. The two connected on a 32-yard pass with four minutes left in the first half. Savion Black made six tackles, including three for a loss, for Whitman (1-3).

Passing  Whitman

Parrish Respass () 3/4 for 81 yards, 2 TDs, 0 PAT, 0 Int

Jaron Batts () 1/1 for 42 yards, 1 TDs, 0 PAT, 0 Int

 

Receiving Whitman

Jaron Batts () 3 receptions for 81 yards, 2 TDs, 0 PAT

Gerald Riley () 1 receptions for 42 yards, 1 TDs, 0 PAT

 

Rushing  Whitman

Berthin Lindor () 6 attempts for 43 yards, 0 TDs, 0 PAT

Jaron Batts () 7 attempts for 42 yards, 0 TDs, 0 PAT

Parrish Respass () 3 attempts for 31 yards, 0 TDs, 0 PAT