NHS Homecoming Honors Traditions, Raises Funds for Cancer

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The Valley Stream North High School Spartans took on the Hewlett High School Bulldogs for an energy-filled 2015 homecoming game. School spirit radiated throughout John Miele Memorial Field, where supportive spectators of all ages rooted for their home team on the afternoon of Oct. 17.

At halftime, the cheerleaders, kickline team and marching band presented an entertaining show. A two-week-long Coaches vs. Cancer initiative was announced during halftime to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. To date, the school has raised $1,400 for cancer research through athletic events with three more scheduled in the weeks to come.

Many students, teachers and coaches have helped in the fundraising effort, wearing pink during the school days and during the games and buying “Hope” cards that were displayed in the gym lobby. At halftime of the homecoming game, 187 seconds were placed on the clock representing 187 people who are diagnosed each hour. Cheerleaders and Kickline members sold as many bracelets in that time as they could.

This year’s homecoming continued North High School’s pre-game traditions of a Varsity Breakfast, sponsored by the North Spartan Club, and a parade of banners that represented the grades and student organizations. The junior class won first place in the banner contest, which featured a “decades” theme, and ninth- and eighth-grades took second and third.

A pep rally, which boosted excitement, was held the day prior and included the crowning of Vincent Russo and Nia Brockington as homecoming king and queen. A dance followed later that evening.