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  • Pumped Up at Oyster Bay High Pep Rally

     

    The Oyster Bay High School gym buzzed with excitement as grades 9-12 took part in some healthy competition at its pep rally, Sept. 15. Each class took to the bleachers dressed in their designated class color: freshmen in red, sophomores in black, juniors in white and seniors in purple. Master of Ceremonies David Pontillo, who teaches social studies at the high school, pumped up the crowd as he shouted, “Let me hear it from you, seniors,” igniting roars and cheers from the stands. He continued the request until each class was acknowledged. After a performance by the cheerleaders, the introduction of each sports team began.

     

    Athletes were cheered on, one by one, as they made their way through a “tunnel” of cheerleaders shaking their pom-poms to the middle of the gym floor. In between team announcements, the classes competed in a lip sync contest, performing songs, choreography and tumbling that related to the Homecoming theme of “sports.”

     

    An undeniable highlight of the event was the announcement of the king and queen and the royal court. This year, the students nominated as their king, Nick Viscovich and their queen, Megan Keffer. Both students, who have special needs, were fully aware of the honor that was bestowed upon them by their peers. When they were announced, the gym thundered with applause as students, staff and their family members gave them a standing ovation. Both Nick and Megan embraced their moment in the spotlight – Nick repeatedly raising his arms in the air and smiling, and Megan gracefully accepting her crown and bouquet.   

     

    “These kids have been together since kindergarten, although in separate classes,” said Nick’s father, Bob Viscovich. “The school, community, and teachers have all been phenomenal with their level of acceptance and inclusion. It’s overwhelming.”

               

    Members of the Royal Court were equally thrilled to join their king and queen in the center of the gym floor. They included seniors Shane Barone, Cristian Garcia, Chris Syrett, Mikayla Cooper, Kayleigh Farrell and Katherine Usaquen.

               

    Pep rally was the culmination of Spirit Week and was followed by Homecoming, Sept. 16.  Here are the results of the contests that took place throughout the week:

     

    Hall Decorating

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Juniors

    Third place: Sophomores

    Fourth place: Freshmen

     

    Spirit Dress Up

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Juniors

    Third place: Sophomores

    Fourth place: Freshmen

     

    Pep Rally Lip Sync

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Freshmen

    Third place: Sophomores

    Fourth place: Juniors

     

    Banner

    First place: Freshmen

    Second place: Seniors

    Third place: Juniors

    Fourth place: Sophomores

     

    Charity Donation Ribbon Sales (Worth double points)

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Sophomores

    Third Place: Juniors

    Fourth place: Freshmen

     

    Float

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Juniors

    Third place: Sophomores

    Fourth place: Freshmen

     

    Overall

    First place: Seniors

    Second place: Juniors

    Third place: Sophomores

    Fourth place: Freshmen

     

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