A new turf field and a cool, brisk evening was the perfect backdrop for Division Avenue High School's annual homecoming game against Glen Cove and festivities held on Sept. 28.
Prior to the game, the school community met at Northside Elementary School to prepare for the march to the high school. The high school marching band, cheerleading team and Grand Marshall and Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Instruction Todd Winch led the way as families and Levittown residents gathered on the streets to show their support. The homecoming court rode in convertibles, followed by class banners, members of the district administration and the Wisdom Lane Middle School Marching Band, concluding their march as they made their way around the football field to the cheers of the community.
Prior to the game, the district held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new turf field. Central Administrators, board of education trustees, local officials and students gathered on the field as student council senior vice president Madison Gilles cut the official ribbon. Senior members of the marching band, cheerleading team, kickline team and color guard were also escorted onto the field by a special person or parent to receive recognition for their work and dedication. The pre-game festivities also included the announcement of Hall of Fame 2018-19 inductees Thomas Hutchison, Holmes Sterling Morrison, Maureen "Moe" Tucker and Leonard Wein. Former coach, teacher and administrator Jerry Jewell was also congratulated on his recent induction into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
To kick off the game, Emily Fuchs led the community in the pledge of allegiance, while Jacqueline Testamark sang the national anthem. The halftime show was packed with performances by the cheerleaders, kickline team, color guard and the high school marching band. During a special presentation, the homecoming court was announced and Thomas Heslin and Valerie Mosquera were crowned king and queen, while Ryan Dwyer and Madison Gillis were proclaimed homecoming prince and princess.
Even though the dragons were not successful in managing a victory against Glen Cove, they surely demonstrated their muscle.