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Roosevelt homecoming honors Class of '63

Seniors Devante Seals and Ashley Edwards, both 17,

Seniors Devante Seals and Ashley Edwards, both 17, wave to a crowd of cheering fans at the Roosevelt High School homecoming football game. (Oct. 26, 2013) Credit: Michael Cusanelli

For Andrea Brown, a member of Roosevelt High School’s Class of 1982, this year’s homecoming celebration was more than just an excuse to cheer on her alma mater’s football team. It was a chance to come together with family, friends and classmates to see just how far the Roosevelt community has come since she graduated 31 years ago.

“The atmosphere is so wonderful and I hope Roosevelt continues to do this not just today but every day,” said Brown, 49.

This weekend, Roosevelt High School celebrated a new school year with its annual homecoming parade and football game, and also paid homage to the school’s 50th graduating class. Hundreds of community members, including alumni, packed the bleachers decked in blue and gold to watch as the Roosevelt Rough Riders faced off against West Hempstead High School.

“It’s a good way to go out, as homecoming king,” said football player Devante Seals, 17, who was crowned along with homecoming queen Ashley Edwards. “This year in particular is the 50th graduating class and we had a lot of alumni come out. It’s very special to me.”

Added Brown, “It’s 50 years of Roosevelt High School. I have to say I’m so happy. I almost shed a tear... just to see everybody.”

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