11th Annual Football Classic

After player introductions, both teams pose before an overflow audience at Whitman’s Turf stadium.
After player introductions, both teams pose before an overflow audience at Whitman’s Turf stadium.
New BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner finds an opening and helps lead Maroon to victory.
New BOE Trustee Sidney Joyner finds an opening and helps lead Maroon to victory.
Mr. Slovak, white jersey #3, and Mr. Matt Lauria go toe-to-toe with the game on the line.
Mr. Slovak, white jersey #3, and Mr. Matt Lauria go toe-to-toe with the game on the line.
South Huntington’s BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and Wildcat Willie compare notes at halftime.
South Huntington’s BOE President Nicholas Ciappetta and Wildcat Willie compare notes at halftime.
Students in Ms. Ms. Melillo’s music class get some last minute instructions before performing a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.
Students in Ms. Ms. Melillo’s music class get some last minute instructions before performing a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.
Maplewood’s principal Dr. Vito D’Elia during his first half quarterback duties.
Maplewood’s principal Dr. Vito D’Elia during his first half quarterback duties.

The Maplewood school community, including family members, students, teachers, administrators, BOE members, and friends all enjoyed a beautiful fall evening last Friday to cheer on their favorite players in the wildly popular football classic “Wildcat Bowl.”  This year’s event helped raise money for additional programs at Maplewood as well as a donation to MaggiesMission.org, a local non-profit organization raising awareness to find a cure for rare childhood cancers, as well as assisting families dealing with these cancers.

The Maplewood PTA did a wonderful job providing snacks and hot drinks for the largest turnout of teachers and volunteers ever. “The 2017 Wildcat Bowl was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Vito D’Elia, Maplewood’s principal.   “We sold over 600 tickets which turned out to be our highest number since we started this contest eleven years ago.”

“It was a highly competitive game with Maroon winning in overtime 42-35,” added D’Elia, who happened to catch the winning touchdown.  “A BIG thank you goes out to all the Maplewood teachers, Administrators, and Board of Education Members who volunteered their time to once again make this game a great success for all.”