In America, everybody has a chance.
That was the case at Locust Valley High School Saturday, when for the first time in more than three decades the freshman class won the best homecoming float and the best school spirit contest.
“I’ve been here 35 years and I don’t think they’ve ever won both,” said Doreen Kobus, 55, an alumna of the high school, co-adviser to the athletic council and varsity cheerleading coach.
This year, the student government councils and the athletic council chose “America” as the theme.
“We wanted to translate our school spirit to our patriotism,” said 17-year-old Lindsay Bleistein.
The freshman class won with the assistance of a host family, the Mangans. Students went to the family’s home to work on the float for two or three days per week for four weeks. Bridget Bianco and friend Jessica Caracciola went every day last week to add the finishing touches with other students.
“We just put so much hard work into it, we were just really glad that we at least got over last place,” said Bridget, 14, a freshman member of student government.
In the past few years, the upperclassmen have dominated the contests, but the class of 2018 won both $200 cash prizes to be put toward their senior prom in 2018.
“It’s definitely an upset [for the seniors]. I was an alumni here and it never happened,” said freshman student government adviser, Ashley Cannone, a member of the Class of 2006. Despite their loss, the seniors still enjoy the sense of community that homecoming brings every year.
“Since we’re such a small school, it feels like you’re one big family,” said senior cheerleader Victoria Demshick. “So I think that’s what we’re going to miss most.”