High School East’s homecoming celebrations on Oct. 19 was a true community event with an old-school feel. Students, families, staff and community members turned out on a beautiful, sunny afternoon to watch the parade and cheer on the East football team as the Bulls faced off against the Centereach Cougars.
The parade kicked off at St. James Elementary School and was led down Lake Avenue by the marching band, followed by East junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders, the Great Hollow Middle School cheerleaders, the East Whisperettes kickline, and Smithtown East and West baton twirlers. Carloads of high school students rounded out the procession into the high school stadium.
The football teams’ offense and defense were well-matched, with each leaving it all on the field. Centereach took an early lead in the second quarter. The East Bulls battled back in the fourth quarter but ultimately came up short.
The halftime show was an early Halloween treat, with performances by the varsity cheerleaders, nationally recognized baton twirlers, and Whisperettes, 21-time national champions. Next, the homecoming court took the field to announce the 2019 king and queen – Ryan Dunstan and Olivia Salas.