Knights Rule at Homecoming

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Glen Cove pride was at an all-time high when Board of Education members, administrators, students, faculty and community members gathered for the annual homecoming parade and game.

“It’s wonderful for the community to come together for our homecoming,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said. “This is truly a community event.”

Starting off at Gribbin School, the homecoming parade was led by members of the U.S. Marine Corps and included children from all six of the district’s school buildings, as well as class floats creatively depicting knights à la this year’s theme of “This is Glen Cove.” According to Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch, the theme was a play on words based on Glen Cove’s homecoming day opponent, the Spartans of Valley Stream North High School.

The parade concluded at Glen Cove High School, with Athletic Director Denise Kiernan welcoming Board members, alumni and fans to the game. Lynch followed with introductions of the Student Senate and the announcement of the homecoming court. Prior to kickoff, senior football players and captains were announced and the varsity football team ran through a “This is Glen Cove” sign placed in the end zone.

During the first half of the game, students from each class participated in a pull-up contest sponsored by the U.S. Marines. First place was awarded to the senior class, who received a $100 class donation as their prize.

The halftime show featured performances by the drumline, varsity cheerleaders, band and kickline. Halftime also saw the crowning of homecoming king Stevens Martinez and queen Samantha Smith.

The success of the day included a big win by Big Red, who defeated the Spartans, 34-31.