Homecoming 2018

Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins. thumbnail102596
Time to bring in the Wildcat cheer as the homecoming parade begins.
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.  thumbnail102597
The Walt Whitman Cheerleaders ready to root for the home team after marching in the parade.
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches. thumbnail102598
Flags fly with pride as the Latino Heritage Club joyfully marches.
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.  thumbnail102612
The smiling Brownie Troop sweetly sticks together as they march along in the parade.
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.  thumbnail102600
Quarterback Quinn O’Hara (#3) ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown to compliment one of his best games of his senior year.
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.  thumbnail102601
Wide receiver Gregory Borysowski (#8) makes the catch down the line to get the first down.
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.  thumbnail102617
Alex DiLorenzo (#51) had 9 tackles and this interception with 3 minutes left that sealed the win for Whitman.
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.  thumbnail102603
Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson (#14) had three receptions for 52 yards and this touchdown catch at his first game back from an early season injury.
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.  thumbnail102608
The Hall of Fame Nominees were inducted at the celebration breakfast before the big game.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival. thumbnail102605
Birchwood Principal Mr. Ciccarelli gets a face full of whip cream at the homecoming festival.
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.  thumbnail102606
Mr. Castillo gives away a balloon flower made by the Administrative Dean himself.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.  thumbnail102607
The Huntington Manor Fire Department lights another spectacular bonfire to keep spectators warm and ready for the weekend festivities.

All last week the spirit was building across the South Huntington School District. Daily activities at all of our schools energized our students and staff.  When Friday afternoons’ district-wide Homecoming festival was in full swing, it was obvious that 2018 was going to be a special Homecoming. The Thursday night Powder-puff football game broke attendance records and our seniors capped off a great football game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. The Friday afternoon Homecoming Festival gathered students and staff along with their families from all of our schools for a fun Fall afternoon. The Friday night bonfire was spectacular, thank you Huntington Manor Fire Department for their management of a safe and thrilling sight.

Saturday morning brought our 5th Hall of Fame induction ceremony and it began with a brunch that highlighted the districts revamped Nutrition Services Department. A big thanks to Ms. Sheila Buhse and here amazing staff that goes above and beyond and to Whitman music teacher Mr. Frank Yolango and his talented students for setting the perfect ambiance. Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage.

Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and these new inductees represented a true cross-section of our school community. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018

John Aquilino – Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral in the United States Navy

Mark Cuthbertson – Council Member, Town of Huntington

Patricia DelCol – Public Servant, Town of Huntington

Mark Natale – Posthumously - Retired NYPD Officer/Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Ray Spatafora –Walt Whitman High School Security Guard

Each year the Homecoming parade continues to grow, adding community groups, businesses, and numerous organizations as they close down Jericho Turnpike in an annual showing of ‘Wildcat Pride.”  A perfect afternoon greeted the packed stadium for a football contest to be remembered with both teams commanding the lead and our Whitman Wildcats prevailing 28-21. It was a week to remember and a day capped with a win on the gridiron.

“Our district’s collective pride was enhanced and the vision continued to grow this past weekend,” said South Huntington’s Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo.  “We are engaged in something very special in South Huntington and Homecoming weekend allowed us to showcase that cause.” 

 

Homecoming Festival and Bonfire - Photo Gallery

Homecoming Parade - Photo Gallery

Football Game - Photo Gallery

Half Time Show - Photo Gallery

Hall of Fame Induction - Photo Gallery