School spirit on display for homecoming victory

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A chilly afternoon and a forecast for rain did not deter hundreds of children, students, faculty, family members and community residents from attending homecoming on Oct. 11 at the high school.

The day was filled with festivities for everyone, including the high school’s traditional family fair, held on the backfield before the Red Devils’ game against the Uniondale Knights. At the fair, which featured a variety of foods, games, booths for school clubs and many other attractions, the district’s elementary PTAs greeted community members, while faculty reconnected with students past and present. There were also countless displays of school pride, with nearly everyone wearing combinations of Freeport’s red and white.

A half-hour before the big game, the Freeport cheerleaders, the marching band, and representatives from the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 showed their school spirit during a parade that started on the perimeter of the fair and culminated on the track adjacent to the football field. The homecoming court, comprised of freshmen Isaiah Stone and Mckaylah Kissling, sophomores Jonathan Deleon and Kimberly Adames, juniors Jean Carlos De Leon and Alexis Rivera, and seniors Erick Serrano and Deborah Castaneda, who were named king and queen, gathered for photos.

Prior to kickoff, the Red Devils were introduced to an enthusiastic home crowd that filled the bleachers to capacity. At halftime, the cheerleaders and marching band took the field and showcased their talents. The enthusiastic spectators showed their appreciation with a resounding round of cheers and applause.

The energized home team played a great game and did not disappoint their fans, beating the Knights, 31-21. Their determination and athleticism, along with the precision performances of the marching band and cheerleaders and the many displays of school pride, gave community members reason to smile.

“I enjoy homecoming because the abundance of school spirit is on display everywhere – from the parking lot to the stands and fields,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, who was in attendance along with the Board of Education. “It’s a great day for Freeport.”