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Dr. Seuss takes center stage at Port Jefferson homecoming

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School seniors stand in

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School seniors stand in front of their Italy parade float at the homecoming parade in Port Jefferson on Oct. 18, 2014. Credit: Ursula Moore

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

And oh, the places they went.

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students took spectators to Italy, New York, the Arctic and the beach during the homecoming parade on Saturday in Port Jefferson.

Based on Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go," students displayed floats they created down Barnum Avenue and Main Street, with the seniors earning first-place bragging rights in the class float competition.

With Vanilla Ice’s "Ice Ice Baby" blasting in the background, freshmen excitedly strolled in the parade next to their “Freezing Freshmen” float; sophomores offered up a Statue of Liberty-highlighted float; juniors created a float filled with sand, tikis and a surfboard; and seniors cheered as they walked with their Italy float.

The crowd applauded as the parade led by the Port Jefferson Fire Department and the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School marching band kicked off the parade.

Senior Jill Dexter, 17, said all the homecoming parade fun created a bittersweet feeling for her.

“I love Port Jefferson and this parade is a happy time for me because I get to be in the parade with my friends, but it’s also sad because this is my last year here,”  Dexter said.

Vandermeulen student organization adviser and math teacher Sarah Ogden was thrilled by the support the community offers.

“This parade brings together the whole community and it energizes us,” Ogden said. “We are a community that works together and we are a family.”

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