By Mary Maselli
Each year, Smithtown Christian School hosts a homecoming event for students past and present. The night is filled with food, fun, and fellowship.
This year’s homecoming was unique, because there were two basketball games back-to-back. The evening began at 4 o’clock with an opening ceremony performed by Mr. Ben Gramarossa, a member of the athletics department.
The boys varsity basketball team’s game against Shelter Island started at 4:30, and there was an electric excitement in the room as soon as the players hit the court. The boys played their absolute best, managing to keep the lead for the entirety of the game.
The crowds roared and cheered along with the bubbly, new cheerleading team led by Coach Eileen Kogut. The crowd’s encouragement assisted the team in their victory over Shelter Island with a final score of 65-46.
“[It] was great, and the fans’ spirit got me pumped up even more,” said junior and team starter Zach DiBlanda about the game.
Apart from the game, there were many other stations to visit. Food was up for sale, provided by Mr. John Contes, and the cafeteria was open to all who wanted to sit and catch up with old friends.
“The food was absolutely fantastic,” said junior Katey-Rose Redhead. Many students could be found enjoying themselves in the café.
In the adjoining conference room, there was a table set up for those who were interested in purchasing a new SCS sweatshirt or limited edition alumni apparel. Miss Katie Jones was running the table, and many students could be seen representing SCS in their dress all across the room.
Mrs. Angela Cervini was running the “Build an SCS Bear” station, where students could stuff a small, plush animal donning an SCS t-shirt. This is a fun way for little ones to exhibit their SCS pride.
At 5:15 p.m. the student government performed a half-time show, before the alumni game was scheduled to begin. Several students broke out into dance on the gym floor, and soon many others followed. This gave students the chance to get off the bleachers and dance along to the Cha Cha Slide.
The alumni game took place at 6:30 p.m. and many SCS alumni turned out to play. Former students went head-to-head, blue versus white, and the white team emerged victorious.
Smithtown Christian’s homecoming is an anticipated event every year. The entire week of homecoming, students are encouraged to dress up each day. The different themes and colors instill excitement and school pride in each student.
This year, SCS exhibited a large amount of school spirit, and students are ready to see what 2016 has in store!