Homecoming Brings School Community Together

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Syosset High School culminated a week of spirited activities with its annual homecoming celebration, as community members braved a chilly Saturday afternoon on Oct. 17 to enjoy a carnival, some wonderful halftime performances and their Long Island champion varsity Braves football team.

The week began with the annual walkathon along the campus of Syosset High School, which resulted in students and staff raising more than $2,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Later in the week, the gymnasium hosted a health fair, where more than 50 stations – many operated by students – provided guests with tips on leading a healthy lifestyle.

On Friday, the high school football field was abuzz with exuberant cheers from the student body as the pep rally took center stage. This year’s event brought a new twist, with relay races complementing the traditional introductions and fanfare. Later that afternoon, the annual carnival kicked off. Student government organized the carnival and various student clubs and organizations manned booths to fundraise for student activities at the high school. The carnival was open to the public through Sunday.

The following day, the Braves took on the East Meadow High School Jets. The visitors led 21-7 at the half before the hosts came storming back with three consecutive touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Syosset’s Christian Skorka caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Will Hogan with just over two minutes left in the game to put the Braves ahead 28-21, before East Meadow rallied for a late touchdown of their own to pull off a last-minute victory. Despite the loss, Syosset remains in playoff contention with a 3-2 Nassau I conference record (3-3 overall).

Halftime included performances by the Syosset varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, band, color guard and kickline. Board of Education members joined other members of the school community in volunteering their time to man the food and apparel concessions. A variety of student clubs also ran tables at the carnival, many raising funds for student activities.

Carnival attendees were entertained by the Syosset HS Association of Creative Thespians, who performed their annual Bard-a-Thon, reciting the works of William Shakespeare throughout the day and into the evening. In addition, the Syosset Robotics Club held a demonstration of two of its robots in preparation for the upcoming competitive season, which kicks off in January.

The weeklong celebration was coordinated by Syosset High School’s student government, which ensured yet another productive and entertaining display of school and community spirit.