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Miller Place homecoming supports environment, Make-A-Wish

Miller Place High School freshmen Caitlin Sternberg, 14,

Miller Place High School freshmen Caitlin Sternberg, 14, left, and Nicole Cordes, 13, dress as lions at the homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

A monkey swings from a tree as elephants, lions and some zebras look on nearby.

Sounds like a scene out of “The Jungle Book,” right?

Well, not quite.

Miller Place High School students created various biomes --  a large community of plants and animals that live in a distinct region -- as part of the float competition during the homecoming parade on Oct. 1.

Students in each class participated in a biome float competition. The freshmen constructed a “Grasslands” float, sophomores offered up an “Arctic Tundra” float, juniors chose a “Welcome to the Jungle” theme, and seniors went “Under the Sea.”

“Our float shows the different animals in the jungle – the lions, leopards, cheetahs and gorillas,” said Miller Place High School junior Moksha Mehra, 16. “It’s important to preserve the jungle because endangered animals exist there.”

Sophomore Joseph Maronski was happy to ride on his “Arctic Tundra” float adorned with paintings of penguins and dolphins.

“With this biome float, we hope people get how beautiful the Arctic is,” the 15-year-old student said. “We are losing the Arctic because of global warming. If people will stop polluting, it will help.”

Seniors won the float competition and the $500 first prize from student council funds, it was announced Tuesday. But the biggest homecoming winner was the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as students raised $3,500 for the charity. At the event, students and faculty sold baked goods and participated in a fun dunk tank to support the cause. Each year, the Miller Place High School student council chooses a different organization to support.

“At homecoming, there is a lot of positive energy,” said Miller Place student government adviser and science teacher Ron Skolnick. “It is a unifying time.”

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