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Dalers Win 2018 Homecoming Game

The Farmingdale Dalers won their homecoming game against the Syosset Braves by a score of 28-0 last Friday night. Spirited Farmingdale football fans reveled in the beautiful autumn evening to watch the game and the halftime performances—which were nothing short of spectacular. 

“The game was won by tremendous defense all night long,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker. “Many opportunities were created by consistent defensive play which set us up for great field play. Not to mention, we are Dalers!”

Game in action at the fifty-yard line  The Farmingdale High School Marching Band performing at halftime.

At halftime, the Homecoming Court was announced, with senior Hope Costidis being crowned Homecoming Queen, and senior Michael Barletta named Homecoming King. Then came performances by the magnificent high school marching band, the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams, and the Dalerettes. Everyone in the stands were on their feet, cheering wildly for the fantastic show the Farmingdale students put together. 

Homecoming King Michael Barletta, Homecoming Queen  Hope Costidis, with Dale the Mascot  The Dalerette’s performing at halftime

Just prior to the game, a pep rally—crackling with energy— was held inside the high school gym. Farmingdale High School Principal Dr. Samuel Thompson kicked it off with welcoming remarks, and was joined by Dale, the beloved Farmingdale lion mascot— aka Alayna Camisa.

Then—with the pep band and drum line pounding away— members of the football team were announced one-by-one, before tearing through a Let’s Go Daler’s banner. Performances by the junior and varsity cheerleaders, the Dalerette’s, and the Step-N-Daler’s immediately followed.

Senator Kemp Hannon presented a proclamation to the Farmingdale High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team and the Varsity Leaders Club for winning the 2018 NYSPHSAA Community Service Challenge Champions for their community service work with Bella Inzerillo, a young Farmingdale girl currently in treatment for brain cancer. Bella attended the rally with her family, and also received a proclamation from the senator. 

Senator Kemp Hannon presenting proclamations to the  FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team and Bella Inzerillo (with her parents)  The Step-N-Dalers performing at the Pep Rally

Homecoming was the culmination of Spirit Week—a weeklong spirit building initiative designed to build excitement for the big game. Daily clothing themes—like Maui Monday, Team Tuesday, Around the World Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Daler Friday—were encouraged throughout the district.

"Every year our entire school community puts on a fantastic display of school spirit and takes over the district!” said Dr. Thompson. “Farmingdale's Spirit Week is certainly special to be a part of."

On Friday afternoon, a mini-fair was held in the high school commons that included fundraising games arranged by student organizations. Four floats—each decorated by different grades—encircled the fair. They were wheeled out to the field before the game. 

Homecoming Float  FHS Cheerleaders performing at the Pep Rally  Dale the Mascot gives a high-five to #68 at the Pep Rally

In the week leading up to Homecoming, the high school’s pep rally performers took their show on the road to two elementary schools—Woodward Parkway and Northside—to treat the young students to a pre-show. The youngsters were especially enthralled with seeing Dale the Mascot, and spent the entire rally cheering and stomping their feet. Many were in awe of the athleticism of the cheerleading teams, and applauded loudly for the Dalerette’s and the Step-N-Daler’s. The rally’s at both schools ended with the captains of the football team—Tyler Nemecek, Sean Sullivan, Glavens Hogarth, and Matt Olbeter—taking the microphone to give short, inspiring speeches to the young students. 

“Our students, athletes, teachers, coaches, administration, board of education members, parents, and community all came together for one night to celebrate Homecoming this past Friday,” said Director of Athletics Jeanne Berkowski. “Our spirit teams started practicing in August—well before school starts—to make sure they’re ready for the night. Much preparation is needed to help make this night seem flawless, and it was. Coaches, administration, and advisors worked closely to communicate what our expectations were, and how we can top the year before— which always seems impossible! Year after year, everyone is at their best and full of spirit and the show just comes together in the end.”