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Principal helps with 'Beauty and the Wolverine' homecoming

Senior Alanis Rosado, 17, plays Belle in her

Senior Alanis Rosado, 17, plays Belle in her class' adaptation of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" during Newfield High School's homecoming parade in Selden. (Sept. 28, 2013) Credit: Brittany Wait

Wearing a yellow ball gown, Alanis Rosado — playing Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” — watched as the beast, or in this case wolverine, transformed into her school’s principal.

Rosado and seniors at Newfield High School in Selden performed their adaptation of the Disney classic with a surprise ending at the Wolverines’ homecoming parade on Saturday.

A student dressed as the school’s mascot, a wolverine, quickly handed the costume over and principal Scott Graviano took over, revealing himself as the prince. The crowd roared.

“It surprised everyone to see Mr. Graviano take off the wolverine mask,” said Rosado, 17. “I can’t imagine a better way to start off my senior year at Newfield. What a memory.”

Graviano, in his first year as principal, was asked to be part of the senior float.

“Not only was I excited to be asked, but I have to say I think I played the best part,” he said.

Each class designed a float adapting a Disney classic. The sophomore class re-created “The Little Mermaid” and the junior class remade “High School Musical,” dancing and lip synching to “We’re All in This Together.”

Julia Cancilla, 13, was among the freshman class who created a float representing “Monsters Inc.,” with dance numbers similar to that of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

“The idea behind our float is that there are different groups of people in school — the nerds, popular kids, goth — and we used this moment to bring everyone together,” she said. “We dressed up like the different social groups and then came together in the end.”

Conrad Parachini, 17, and Jamillah Herrera, 16, were crowned homecoming king and queen, but it wasn’t a surprise since both were crowned junior prom king and queen.

“I helped create the senior float and performed in ‘Beauty and the Wolverine,’” Herrera said. “Getting these crowns are a reward for our hard work. I’ll never forget this moment.”

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