The taste of victory is not always sweet. Sometimes it is downright nasty.

With his face buried deep into the whipped cream pie filled with one Jolly Rancher candy at the bottom, Roger Ali’s mouthful earned him victory in the pie-eating contest at Half Hollow Hills High School East homecoming competition night on Saturday.

“It tasted terrible. The pie was awful,” said the 16-year-old junior.

As students cheered in the background, 12 juniors and seniors lined up on opposite sides of one another ready to dunk their faces into the sugary dessert.

Finding the sweet candy only took Ali a few seconds, and he was thankful.

The homecoming event featured the different classes competing in fun-filled activities such as scooter and three-legged races,tug of war and the basketball shootout. The sophomores earned the win for the evening.

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Students wore T-shirts at competition night to represent their homecoming theme – American Cultures. The freshmen were the Freshman Musicians; sophomores chose Soph Spangled Banner; the Juniors decided on Nickelodeon Juniors; and the seniors were the Seniors in Command.

Sophomore Victoria Haynie said she was most excited watching her principal, Jeffrey Woodberry, dance during the pep rally.

“The pep rally was fun and watching the teachers and principal do the [Watch Me] Whip Nae Nae was hilarious,” said Haynie.

Woodberry was thrilled to watch the students show their school spirit in a fun and competitive way during the homecoming competition night.

“Homecoming means that everyone rallies around us and shows their support for the school,” Woodberry said. “All week, we had many activities with different themes – jersey day, red, white and blue day. The kids get very excited about homecoming.”