The 2016 junior class of Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School held its junior banquet at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook Thursday night, and almost immediately upon arrival, a majority of the students took to the dance floor, jumping and throwing hands high as the DJ dropped hip-hop and dance beats.
Sixteen-year-olds Andrew Tallon and Marissa Colasuonno were among those grooving to the music, and while Marissa moved her hands and feet, Andrew moved his hands.
And one foot.
Back in February, Andrew had reconstructive surgery to repair his right foot, as he has been plagued by fallen arches — more familiarly known as "flat feet" — since birth.
"I had my heel cut off, my calf lengthened, cadaver bones put in the top of my foot — which were first soaked in bone marrow from my hip," he said, adding that he will have his left foot fixed "some time in the summer."
But he wasn't going to let the recovery ruin his fun at the banquet, Eastport-South Manor's equivalent of the junior prom.
"My mom was scared when I ditched my crutches earlier this week," Andrew explained, saying he wanted to prepare himself to be able to get around at the banquet without physical support. "She offered to get me a scooter, but I turned it down."
As untimely twists go, the banquet ended up being a week before he was scheduled to have his cast removed.
But he planned in advance to dance by learning to walk by limping with the oversized boot-like cast on his mending foot.
"I also have Marissa," he said of his close friend. "She brought me cookies and shakes in the hospital."