Long Beach Makes Waves with Homecoming Excitement

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The district and community beamed with pride on Oct. 16, when Long Beach High School celebrated an eventful 2015 homecoming. The day included many festivities that drew enthusiastic attendees adorned in blue and white. Although the game did not end in a victory this year, the Marines brought strong athletic skill and excellent sportsmanship to Veterans Field as they took on the Mepham High School Pirates.
   
The evening game featured a halftime show with entertainment provided by the marching band, cheerleaders and color guard. Before the football teams returned to the field for the second half, children were invited to participate in a traditional race between the goalposts. They were joined by the Marines’ Bulldog mascot, who gave a wholehearted effort but was surpassed by the young runners. 

High school students and staff built up the excitement earlier in the day during an afternoon pep rally held on Alumni Field. All varsity and junior varsity teams were introduced, the cheerleaders, kickline and marching band presented a preview of their halftime routines, and students and staff members took on Class Olympics challenges. Sebastian Vidal and Haley Lynch were crowned 2015 homecoming king and queen.

This year’s pep rally also welcomed high school retirees back to spend time with former colleagues and students and enjoy refreshments prior to the activities. This new tradition was initiated as a way to keep retirees connected to their meaningful work and reinforce the bonds within the Long Beach family. 

Prior to kickoff, a carnival sponsored by the high school’s Student Government Organization was held in the middle school gymnasium for community members. High school students, staff members and other volunteers ran an assortment of games and amusements for all ages. Homemade refreshments were sold, as well.