Whitman's Annual Spring Fling Marks a Special Day

GSO Officers who organized the event left to right: Mahum Siddiqui, Samantha Shaiman, Abigail Daniels, Milly Le Claire, Francine Sauer, Shayna Pehel, and GSO President, Alexis Darrow.
GSO Officers who organized the event left to right: Mahum Siddiqui, Samantha Shaiman, Abigail Daniels, Milly Le Claire, Francine Sauer, Shayna Pehel, and GSO President, Alexis Darrow.
Dancing the afternoon away, our local seniors worked up a big appetite.
Dancing the afternoon away, our local seniors worked up a big appetite.
Whitman juniors left to right: Mahum Siddiqui and Francine Sauer welcome our honored guests
Whitman juniors left to right: Mahum Siddiqui and Francine Sauer welcome our honored guests
Nicole Rowe kept the food coming for our hungry seniors.
Nicole Rowe kept the food coming for our hungry seniors.
Maureen Leiva made friends wherever she went. Chicken Parmesan anyone?
Maureen Leiva made friends wherever she went. Chicken Parmesan anyone?
Left to right are cast members of the Student-led musical Godspell. Kyle Arters who played Jesus, Co-directors Zach Thompson and Kristen Riordan, and Nick Magnus who played the role of John the Baptist.
Left to right are cast members of the Student-led musical Godspell. Kyle Arters who played Jesus, Co-directors Zach Thompson and Kristen Riordan, and Nick Magnus who played the role of John the Baptist.
GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande congratulates Sal and Sophie Sarro, who have been married 67 years, and recently celebrated Sophie’s 100th birthday.
GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande congratulates Sal and Sophie Sarro, who have been married 67 years, and recently celebrated Sophie’s 100th birthday.

This past Saturday, at Walt Whitman High School, the aroma of chicken parmesan, roasted potatoes, and fresh broccoli mixed with the sounds of Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Bruno Mars. To the delight of South Huntington’s senior community, the Spring Fling celebration has grown into a much-anticipated annual event. With an all-you-can-eat hot lunch, raffle prizes, and lots of dancing, this event was the place to be on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April.

Organized by Whitman GSO officers and their advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande, this day of food and fun is a real hit. Hosted by Walt Whitman students from every grade level, more than 150 local senior citizens danced and enjoyed the company of each other and their much younger hosts. By mid-afternoon there was little room on the dance floor. 

At one point, the music was paused and a special celebration was acknowledged. Sophie and Sal Sarro, two of our invited guests have been attending the Spring Fling for several years.  They have been married for 67 years and on March 23, 2014 Sophie Sarro turned 100 years young.

Midway through the celebration, cast members from the student led musical production of ‘Godspell’ joined the fun and handed out free tickets to the afternoon matinee performance. And it was great to see so many of our local seniors walk down the hall to the Performing Arts Center and enjoy these incredibly talented students. Whitman students provided an excellent example of why they possess so much community spirit.

Congratulations Whitman GSO Officers who organized the event: Abigail Daniels, Alexis Darrow, Francine Sauer, Samantha Shaiman, Mahum Siddiqui, Shayna Pehel, and Milly Le Claire. 

Thank you Spring Fling student volunteers: Alizon Calzada, Julia Canigiani, Kimberly Columbo, Jocelyn Creeron, Dylan Diamond, Natalie Dunn, Jasmine Ertan, Alexandra Gerard, Betsy Henriquez, Thomas Hustedt, Maureen Leiva, Marissa LoCastro, Pooja Navlani, Julianna Pasquarello, Julia Persaud, Heydi Ponce, Cheryl Rodriguez, Nicole Rowe, Abbie Sagastume, Benjamin Sakarin, Isabel Sakarin, Rebecca Shaiman, Elisabeth Silverman, Michael Simeone, Haley Tract, and Ally Wirth.

A special thank you to our Chaperones: Sharon Barlev, Kristen Frances, Tatiana Jordan, and Danielle Rodriques.

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