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School spirit across Long Island

This homecoming season, Long Island high school students have been turning out with pride and passion for their school, whether they're rocking their school colors, taking charge of Spirit Week or reigning as homecoming royalty. Check out some school-spirited standouts across Long Island.

Victoria Russo

Age: 17 School: St. Dominic's High School What's
Photo Credit: Brittany Bernstein

Age: 17

School: St. Dominic's High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "I wore crazy pink antlers during Battle of the Classes -- every grade has a different color and ours was pink. I also usually cover my face in different patterns of rhinestones."

Why are you so school spirited? "Because I love my school! I think it's super important to get people to be happy and jumping. You're only in high school once, might as well make the best of it."

What do you love about your school? "I love the people, everyone is really close and so nice to each other. It's a smaller school so everyone is like a family."

Will you still show your school spirit in college? "Oh yeah, if anything even more. I'll go all out in college!"

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "My mom is really spirited too. She helps me put my jewels on my face. And my friends too. It's more fun when everyone else is spirited too!"

What are you involved in at school? "I'm the senior class vice president, vice president of National Honor Society, president of Italian National Honor Society, a member of the Math and Science Honor Societies, vice president of Health and Science Career Club, a member of Interact Club, a Eucharistic minister, and play varsity tennis and golf. I'm very busy, I've got to get my spirit everywhere."

Eva Colon

Age: 16 School: Bellport High School What's the
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Age: 16

School: Bellport High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "There's a lot of them. I've worn coconut bras to homemade hula skirts to tacky sweaters that literally pop out, like a 3-D digital fireplace on me."

Why are you so school spirited? "I just love seeing other people happy and I feel like when I see the crazy things, people laugh and have fun and I like seeing the spirit in them come out."

What do you love about your school? "I love how energetic everyone is ... for events like homecoming, we all come together and we have so much fun together."

How will you show your school spirit next year? "I think for Red Day I'm going to go full-out red. Face paint, body suit, everything."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "I think it was my mom, she's always happy and energetic and she's always supporting me with these things. She always has such creative ideas and she always helps me [with] DIY creative stuff."

What are you involved in at school? "Girls volleyball and student class, I'm the class of 2020 class president."

Raleesha Sykes

Age: 13 School: Riverhead High School What's the
Photo Credit: Brittany Bernstein

Age: 13

School: Riverhead High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "I painted my whole face blue and white, I did my hair blue, I had a jersey on, I put my hand prints in blue and white and I had blue sneakers on."

Why are you so school spirited? "My whole life has been in Riverhead so when things like [homecoming] come around I'm for it all, so I do it all."

What do you love about your school? "I love that they make opportunities for kids to stay out of trouble and we believe in what we are. We're the blue wave!"

How will you show your school spirit next year? "I'm going to do football, so I'm looking forward to that. I'm going to do more clubs and stuff, try to get involved more."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "My brother played a big role, he was a big leader and I looked up to him a lot."

What are you involved in at school? "I'm in art club and I used to do step [dance]. I'm going to get into more things."

Kaylee Thatcher

Age: 15 School: Bellport High School What's the
Photo Credit: Brittany Bernstein

Age: 15

School: Bellport High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "I've worn a lot. I've worn tutus, I've worn face paint, I've worn really high socks, tights, really anything you can think of, I've probably worn. Jewelry, everything."

Why are you so school spirited? "I genuinely enjoy going to school here and, you know, it's fun when you're school-spirited. I just feel like when you're school-spirited you're more into things and it's better than being on the sidelines and not doing anything."

What do you love about your school? "For games like this and for important events we can all actually come together and all be friends and all enjoy such a big event together."

How will you show your school spirit in college? "I'm going to try to wear more than what I've worn in the past. More crazy things, maybe dye my [hair] tips colors, you never know. Just whatever I've done in the past, try to top it by doing more."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "Probably my parents because they were very school spirited, like my mom I think was captain of everything she's ever done. So, we're just a very sporty, competitive family so I'm just always trying to top other people. It's how I'm wired."

What are you involved in at school? "I actually just started an American Sign Language club. I've done the play; I've done cheer; I'm going to try out for dance team soon and student council."

Jack Forbes

Age: 17 School: Oceanside High School What's the
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Age: 17

School: Oceanside High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "I painted myself with a letter, with friends, so we could spell out 'Oceanside.'"

Why are you so school spirited? "I was around people like that since I was a freshman, and they inspired me."

What do you love about your school? "I really love the way our school comes together to do things."

How will you show your school spirit next year? "I'm going to West Virginia, and I plan to be in the stands for games there, too, being just as crazy."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited, and why? "An Oceanside alumni named Kevin O'Keefe, who was a senior when I was a freshman, and he was the president of the Student Section 309 [the group that goes to home and away games to cheer] then." (Forbes is the president of the group now, and the sailor hat he wears is the same O'Keefe wore).

What are you involved in at school? "I'm the president of the Student Section 309 club."

Jessie Kash

Age: 16 School: Hicksville High School What's the
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Age: 16

School: Hicksville High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "Probably what I'm wearing now. I usually go all out with the socks, and the headbands and the bandanas, the necklaces and whistles and painting my face; it's really fun. I put on orange and black dots on my face."

Why are you so school spirited? "I just want to show that I like my school, I love being here, I love supporting everyone: all the teams and all my friends."

What do you love about your school? "I love that sometimes we can all come together and be really fun and care about one another, a lot."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "The school in general. Seeing all of the older people [upper classmen] going all out for it, makes me want to do it too and show the younger kids who just came into the high school that they want to do the same thing."

Will you be school spirited in college next year? Totally, why not? I'll be a freshman in college so it will be really fun having fun in my first year.

What are you involved in at school? "I'm usually part of the Thespians [drama club]. I'm also part of the 2020 club for our proms to help fundraise. I dance at Ella Marie School of Dance."

Kurren Johnson

Age: 15 School: Bellport High School What's the
Photo Credit: Brittany Bernstein

Age: 15

School: Bellport High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "A tutu for breast cancer awareness."

Why are you so school spirited? "Because I love my school!"

What do you love about your school? "Because [it's diverse] and everyone, most of the time, gets along."

How will you show your school spirit in college? "I'm going to get another mullet. I had one last year."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "Shoutout to my math teacher, Ms. Moriarty."

What are you involved in at school? "The lacrosse team, the golf team and Athletes Helping Others."

Katie Devaney

Age: 17 School: St. Anthony's High School. This
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Age: 17

School: St. Anthony's High School. This is her first year at the school after being displaced by Bishop McGann-Mercy High School's closing in June.

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "One time [at Mercy] I wore a full morphsuit, it was completely green and I wore shorts over it, a mercy shirt antennas with little pom-poms on the end of it. Everyone made fun of me and I also wore a cape over it."

Why are you so school spirited? "I honestly don't know, I just love seeing people have fun so I guess I just make myself have fun and I love seeing other people smile."

What do you love about your school? "For St. Anthony's I just love how friendly everyone is. Everyone has so much spirit and they're all so friendly. They do a lot more stuff than my past school. At Mercy, I loved how close-knit everyone was and you knew everyone so it was fun to interact with everyone. And not knowing anyone here is a little hard."

Will you show your school spirit in college? "I want to become a nurse and I'd like to go to UVA, hopefully yes if I attend a lot of games and stuff then I definitely will."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "Not really. I never had anyone that showed me how to be so spirited. My older sister, she was more toned down. My mom did encourage my outgoing-ness though."

What are you involved in at school? Devaney was nominated for St. Anthony's homecoming court. "After my homecoming interview I had to write about what I did at Mercy and one of them was Student Organization so a teacher noticed I was on Student Organization and the next day he asked me to be on the student council here. So I'm on student council, I'm on the executive board. I'm also in National Honor Society and Kolbe Society. At Mercy, I did do National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Math National Honor Society and then I also did student council. I also did lacrosse and volleyball."

Sydney Johnson

Age: 17 School: St. Dominic's High School What's
Photo Credit: Brittany Bernstein

Age: 17

School: St. Dominic's High School

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn or done to show your school spirit? "My friends and I wrote 'Bayhawks' on our stomachs and made posters for all of the football boys."

Why are you so school spirited? "I like that the school has spirit, it can't be boring, it has to be fun. We can't leave the freshman without teaching them how to have school spirit."

What do you love about your school? "I really love all of the little things like pep rally, homecoming and Battle of the Classes. I've gone to homecoming every year, even in eighth grade when I decided to go to St. Dominic's for high school."

What are you going to do to top your school spirit next year? "We're going to go crazy at Battle of the Classes [later this year] and get more posters and make even more signs."

Did anyone have a role in you becoming so school spirited and why? "Yes, my parents are also crazy like me. For the powderpuff game [at halftime] my dad said, 'Let's make sure you make some plays ahead of time.'"

What are you involved in at school? "I play on the tennis team, we were undefeated last season and so far we're undefeated this season. I'm also on the lacrosse team and in Interact Club -- a community service club."

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