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Pirate Pride at Forefront of Homecoming Festivities

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The Mepham High School grounds were in Pirate pride on Sept. 25 as students, staff, administrators and visiting members of the Bellmore-Merrick community celebrated homecoming in style.

Coming off a week of energetic school spirit events, Mepham invited the community to attend its Piratfest just before the homecoming game. School clubs were front and center and children’s activities, games and local food vendors were also on hand.

The Pirates went on to defeat Glen Cove, 63-30. With news of Sofia LaSpina’s historic touchdown catch in the limelight all week, the Pirates’ team captain Nick Honerkamp kept the momentum going, scoring seven touchdowns.

Kickline and cheer squads pumped up the crowd at halftime, where Annaliese Boglione and Gabriel Terra were named queen and king, respectively. The band, led by Anthony Brandofino, kept a peppy tone throughout the game. Carol Farina Kilgallin, class of 1972 and Mepham Alumni Association president, was this year’s Grand Marshall.

Mepham Mandarin Honor Society Hosts Festival

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The Mandarin Honor Society at Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s Mepham High School, under the direction of Lydia Qiu, recently hosted a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Students Helena Fu and Kate McNerney gave a presentation about the history and cultural significance of the holiday and the led the participants in two hands-on activities.

Students made traditional paper lanterns and Tang Yuan, a mochi rice ball filled with red bean paste and chocolate. They also enjoyed moon cakes and Chinese sweets.

Mepham’s Sofia LaSpina’s Touchdown Makes History

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Sofia LaSpina, a junior at Mepham High School and wide receiver on the football team, made history Sept. 18 as the first female to score a touchdown in Long Island high school history.

The Pirates went on to defeat Roslyn 49-21, advancing them to 2-0 for the season.
“When the ball was in the air, I just wanted to catch it and that was the only thing I had in my mind,” LaSpina explained about the game play.

LaSpina said she has received an outpouring of support and congratulatory messages from friends and family, as well as regional and national media attention.
“As soon as I caught it, my teammates were already congratulating me in the end zone and from the sideline,” she added.

“When she caught the touchdown, the sideline erupted and celebrated like we had won a championship,” added head coach Anthony Cracco.

During the post-game huddle, Cracco gave LaSpina the game ball right on the spot – a first for the coach of 13 years.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Sofia,” Cracco said. “She has worked exceptionally hard to achieve success on the field. At the time, none of us realized the historical achievement that we had just witnessed, the celebration was for an outstanding teammate that earned the respect and admiration of her peers and coaches.”

LaSpina said she fell in love with the sport while playing it with siblings in her backyard.

“I would always watch the Jets and want to play so I waited for middle school to try football out and I ended up loving it,” she explained.

It’s very fitting that LaSpina was also named the New York Jets Player of the Week after this accomplishment. She will be honored at an upcoming game.

Mepham Gears Up for Flag Field of Honor

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Mepham High School is hosting its Flag Field of Honor sale through Oct. 22.  

American and military branch flags are available for purchase and will later be installed along the front lawn of the school and remain through early December.

This is a fundraising effort led by social studies teachers Kerry Dennis, Matt Moody and Chris Patten, where students participate in a senior service learning project.  

This year's proceeds support the Senior Service Learning's partnership with Tuesday’s Children. Tuesday’s Children was formed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The goal of Tuesday’s Children is to ensure that families who have suffered losses due to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service, or other acts of mass violence and terrorism always have a comforting place to turn to for support and community.

For more information contact social studies teacher Kerry Dennis ([email protected]) or Chris Patten ([email protected]) or call 516-992-1500.

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