Orange and black could be found everywhere, from the football field to the bleachers to the festival tables as Hicksville High School held its annual homecoming celebration on Oct. 14.
A pep rally on Friday energized students, and they returned Saturday morning for the annual homecoming fair sponsored by the PTA Council. Parents, siblings, alumni, teachers and administrators also joined in the festivities, which featured tables representing student and community organizations, as well as food, games, face painting and a dunk tank.
The four classes displayed their banners during the homecoming parade, with the junior class winning for its Wizard of Oz design.
Before the homecoming game, there was a special tribute to the late Mike Torrellas for his contributions to Hicksville football. With his family on hand and varsity football players coming together at midfield, a flag was raised displaying the number 53 he wore as a linebacker with the Comets.
The Comets took an early lead against the Herrick Highlanders and gave the crowd a reason to go home happy with a 14-7 win. Halftime festivities began with a performance by the marching band and color guard of “Born of the Ashes” from Cirque du Soleil’s Journey of Man. The varsity cheerleaders and Starlets kickline team also entertained the crowd. Roshon Joshi and Katie McDevitt were crowned the homecoming king and queen, respectively.
—Submitted by the Hicksville School District