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‘Fresh Prince’ tops ‘Phantom’ at Newfield homecoming

From left, Newfield High School seniors Cedric Jean

From left, Newfield High School seniors Cedric Jean Baptiste, 17, and Dillon Tyme, 17, paid homage to '90s hip hop group Kris Kross at the school's homecoming in Selden on Oct. 11, 2014. Credit: Ursula Moore

Wearing their clothes backwards to school like 1990s rappers Kris Kross was delightful for Newfield High School seniors Dillon Tyme and Cedric Jean Baptiste.

Senior Jarell Cowell, sporting a look to parody Will Smith’s days on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” couldn’t have agreed more.

As part of Newfield’s homecoming celebration Saturday in Selden, students from each class performed 10-minute skits in the school gymnasium, honoring a different decade.

“It’s hilarious and I am having fun,” said Cowell, 17.

It was even more fun for Cowell when the senior class prevailed in the skit competition, earning Newfield bragging rights for a year.

Freshmen performed a 1920s skit featuring songs from “Phantom of the Opera” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Sophomores honored the 1950s with selections like “You're the One That I Want” and “Greased Lightnin’” from “Grease.” Juniors got creative in their ’80s presentation, reprising “Twist and Shout” from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (using the Beatles version from the movie that was actually recorded in the ’60s). Seniors re-created 1990s music videos including TLC’s “Waterfalls” and Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It.”

The skit performances were judged on originality, creativity, spirit and closest to theme. The freshmen placed second, sophomores third and juniors fourth.

Thankfully, the downpour that canceled the homecoming parade didn’t dampen the students and staff school spirit. According to Newfield High School principal Scott Graviano, the students are resilient.

“The bottom line is nothing can hold us back. Rain or shine, we will celebrate homecoming,” said Graviano.


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