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Centereach homecoming pep rally gets catty

Senior Lillian Villatoro, 18, playfully pulls the tail

Senior Lillian Villatoro, 18, playfully pulls the tail of the school cougar mascot at the Centereach High School Pep Rally. (Oct. 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

His name is Cougar. He’s funny, fuzzy and full of pep.

And like any good mascot, he stole the show during Friday’s Centereach High School homecoming pep rally on the football field, leading into Saturday’s homecoming game vs. Half Hollow Hills West.

Quite the ladies cat, Cougar walked hand-in-paw with Centereach senior Lillian Villatoro. He danced, pumped his fist and kept the crowd cheering, all in the name of school spirit.

Centereach student activities adviser Joy Losito enjoyed seeing the smiling faces as the crowd watched Cougar do his thing.

“The students have a lot of school spirit,” said Losito. “They are so excited and cute. It’s great to see all the blue and white everyone is wearing for the pep rally.”

The pep rally showcased junior varsity and varsity teams, the Centereach High School stadium band, the girls choir singing the national anthem and cheerleaders performing their routines.

The event also honored Centereach High School principal Thomas Bell, and leadership and social studies teacher Gene Moreno, with the Homecoming Honoree Recognition. They received a sash and flowers.

“I think receiving this honor is great because it is from the students,” said Bell. “This entire week has been great because we celebrated Spirit Week. The students had a good time dressing up for Spirit Week. It starts the year off on a positive note.”

This year’s homecoming king and queen, 17-year-olds Bryan Jerome and Olivia Holmes, celebrated with a kiss after they were announced as the winners. They’ve been a couple for three years.

“I am so surprised and happy right now,” said Holmes. 

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