Homecoming Celebration


Hundreds of marchers and spectators filled the streets for the high school’s homecoming parade on Oct. 25. Upbeat marching band performances, colorful class floats, and peppy cheerleader and kickline numbers continued throughout the parade route on Deer Park Avenue and Nicolls Road.

“This is the one day people look forward to way in advance,” said Athletic Director Dominick Fontana. “It’s a nice venue to celebrate Deer Park.”

Principal James Cummings kicked off the homecoming ceremony, announcing local politicians and dignitaries that were in attendance, as well as honoring the Downey family of Deer Park for their continuous donations and involvement in district scholarships. Serving as grand marshal was Rosalie Downey, the widow of FDNY Deputy Chief of Special Operations Ray Downey, a hero of 9/11. The ceremony also included a performance by the high school’s women’s choir.

“Our kids are the best,” Cummings said. “It’s a great day for the classes to come together.”

The homecoming court was announced, with Jasawn Thompson and Alexis Blumengold winning as king and queen, respectively. The pair donned royal gear as they were escorted around the track in a sporty convertible.

Cheerleaders from Deer Park Youth Football, the middle school, and the high school junior varsity and varsity squads pumped up the crowd, as did as the Falconettes kickline team.

The Marching Falcons provided a powerful musical score for the varsity football game against Copiague, which Deer Parkl won decisively, 53-12. Thompson starred, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 145 yards. Other stars for the Falcons included Jarrett Bonser (passing for 118 yards and a touchdown), David Hamil (nine tackles, two sacks) and Kyle Lessick (a perfect 6-6 on extra points, and scoring a touchdown and a 30-yard field goal).

The class floats were presented at halftime, all representing a Dr. Seuss theme. The seniors won the contest with their depiction of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”