John F. Kennedy High School held its annual homecoming festival and game on Oct. 9 on its newly refurbished turf field.
Hundreds of residents flocked to the school grounds on the warm Thursday evening and participated in a number of games, including a dunk tank where students got the chance to dunk their teachers. Students, staff and the community were also able to purchase Kennedy merchandise such as shirts and sweaters. Barbecue grills were set up behind the grandstands for cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages, while the concession stand provided drinks and other goodies.
Just before the game, the Bellmore Fire Department arrived to light the annual bonfire pile, as bystanders watched the flames climb up into the darkening sky.
The Cougars football team took on Jericho High School in a rare night game for Kennedy, with donated lighting stands running on generators throughout the game. This year, the homecoming game was rescheduled to accommodate the field’s preparation.
The halftime show featured the girls varsity cheerleading squad, kickline and Kennedy High School band. At midfield, Kennedy also crowned its 2014 homecoming king and queen, Reid Bachman and Sara Coluccio, respectively. The runner-up candidates for king and queen were Jake Gumpel, Eddie Koton, Jack Rosenzweig, Amanda Cammiso, Rebbeca Greenstein and Shellie Mittleberg.
In attendance for the event was Superintendent John DeTommaso, Principal Lorraine Poppe, Assistant Principals Jon LaRochester and Eileen Connolly, and Board of Education trustees Dr. Nancy Kaplan, Janet Goller and Susan Schwartz.
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