North Shore High School students marched throughout the streets of Glen Head Saturday during the homecoming parade preceding the football game against South Side.
While the marching band, dance team and cheerleaders performed for onlookers, this year’s homecoming king and queen, Brendan Zbikowski and Eloise Parisi, followed the honorary senior citizen homecoming queen.
Mary Maminski, 88, of Glen Head, was named the senior citizen queen for North Shore High School’s homecoming parade.
“I have been a resident of Glen Head for numerous years, and my children attended North Shore High School,” she said. “It was a lot of fun to be part of it.”
According to Maminski, seniors from the surrounding communities were able to enter a contest to be named the junior prom senior citizen queen and the homecoming senior citizen queen.
“It was luck that I won,” she said. “The whole day was very enjoyable.”
Shelly Newman, director of public relations for the North Shore district, explained that the school district has included seniors from the community in school events for several years.
“We have had a senior citizen king and queen since 2011,” Newman said. “We usually try to have both, but this year Mary Maminski graciously joined us as the senior citizen queen and waved to the crowd.”
While she had fun waving to the crowd, Maminski usually spends her days knitting, crocheting and spending time with her friends.
“I also like to go to the senior center for their activities,” she said.
From current students to alumni and longtime residents, the school district attempts to bring everyone together for the annual event.
“This year the games included the elementary obstacle course, middle school color war, live music and free hot dogs for senior citizens,” Newman said. “It is always a fantastic day.”