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Best friends get the ‘boot’ at Commack homecoming

Best friends Gina Ferrara, left, and Kimberly Siegel

Best friends Gina Ferrara, left, and Kimberly Siegel take part in Commack High School's homecoming royalty festivities despite having to wear orthopedic boots on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Unlike the NFL, homecoming courts generally don’t release injury reports.

If they did, Gina Ferrara and best friend Kimberly Siegel would have made the top of the list for the Commack High School homecoming celebration Saturday.

Both wore “boots,” but not for purposes of fashion. These were the ones intended for medical reasons — although Siegel and Ferrara did a great job making their unique footwear work with their black dresses and homecoming royalty sashes.

Both were nominated for homecoming queen, and the seniors were excited to be a part of such a festive day despite their current ailments.

“We can’t let each other do anything alone,” said 17-year-old Ferrara.

Siegel, also 17, landed on her ankle after falling off her Hanoverian horse about a year ago.

“I ruptured my right foot and a ligament, my bones slammed together inside and there was a lateral sprain on the outside,” said Siegel. “I was out of commission for four months. I spent one month on crutches.”

But Siegel’s troubles didn’t end there. After marching band practice two weeks ago, she came home with a knot on her right foot about the size of a tennis ball. She found out she had Achilles tendinitis.

“I have two more weeks in the boot and my doctor will decide from there what to do,” she said.

Ferrara earned her boot in a somewhat more mundane way — doing laundry.

“I was walking down the stairs and on the next-to-last step, I tripped. I fell forward. I fractured my sesamoid [bone at ball of the foot]. It was very painful,” said Ferrara. “I’ve been in the boot for seven weeks. I was on crutches for four weeks.”

But walking boots weren’t going to temper their excitement as they waved to the crowd in convertibles during the parade, which started at Burr Intermediate School and ended at the high school.

“I’m such a big person on school spirit. I looked like the American flag for USA Day,” Siegel said when talking about Spirit Week. “Being in the parade was great. Everyone was so sweet and the little kids were so excited.”

Her best friend and boot-mate couldn’t have agreed more.

“I love this school so much. I love the whole atmosphere,” said Ferrara. “I have been smiling all day.”

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