Clipper Pride Secures a Homecoming Victory

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A beautiful fall afternoon was the perfect background for the District’s annual homecoming festivities on Oct. 6.

The fun-filled activities started with students placing the finishing touches on their class floats built to the theme Pixar Movies. Prior to the Saturday afternoon game at Joe Cipp Field against Riverhead, the floats were led down Kreamer Avenue and through Bellport’s four corners on route to the high school in a parade that included the class courts, cheerleaders and marching band, as well as members of the fire department, police and ambulance corps. 

The district’s mobile library also made its debut as it rolled down Bellport’s resident-lined streets. Brookhaven Free Library Director Jamie Papandrea and South Country Public Library Assistant Director Patrick O’Leary explained that the mobile library will be a source of pride and hope throughout the district. Both libraries are asking residents to donate new or gently used children’s and teen books at either of the South Country community’s libraries during regular business hours. Please note that encyclopedias, reference materials and ripped or damaged books will not be accepted.

“The mobile library welcomes all and seeks to remind us of the joy and power of reading,” Papandrea and O’Leary said. “Its creation demonstrates that literacy is a crucial component for our community’s success and one that is supported by many partners and members.” 

During the afternoon, Board of Education trustees, administration, faculty, students and residents packed the bleachers and demonstrated their clipper pride while dressed in school colors and shouting cheers for the home team. Emmaly Seaman led the community in the national anthem as fire crackers lit the afternoon sky to the delight of the crowd. During the halftime show, the class courts were announced and seniors Matt Juarez and Candice Lopez were named homecoming king and queen. Congratulations to the following students voted onto the homecoming courts: 

Freshman: Kevin Aviles, Samantha Brunning, William Caroli, Andrea Giles, Eric Civatta, Shelby Kaczmarak, Amari Preston, Pedro Rivera and Alyssa Wolf

Sophomores: Sabrina Bernal, Eric Caballos, Alex Ciota, Bobby Desantis, Asi Lee, Grace Mezzatesta, Mitch Mordente, Jada Morales, Emely Reich and Kaylee Thatcher

Juniors: David Bellante, Shaliq Cochran, Eva Colon, Carly Dialosa, Jimmy Mackie, Nick Promutico, Colleen Shaw, Maryssa Smith, Nate Walker and Eliza Ynoa 

Nina Bancroft, Anna Burkhart, Matt Juarez, Candice Lopez, Daniel Roach, Emmaly Seaman, Caroline Slovensky Devin Trent, Dj Trent and Jarell White 

The cheerleading team then revved up the community even more with cheers and stunts performed on the 50-yard line.

The Clippers lived up to their reputation and took the lead on the football field with a 35-8 victory over Riverhead.