Beautiful fall weather ushered in the homecoming festivities for the Babylon School District on Oct. 23. Starting with a pep rally on Friday, the Saturday celebrations began with the Athletic Wall of Fame inductions of Robert Mayo, Hans Wiederkehr and the 1997 Long Island champion varsity football team.
Following the athletic inductions, the fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame celebration commenced at Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall, where four new members were inducted. This year’s honorees included Wayne Horsley (retired NYS elected official/Class of 1968), the late Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen (actress and Daytime Emmy Award winner/Class of 1929), Bert Pedersen (businessman and entrepreneur/Class of 1951) and the late Robert Weeks (U.S. Navy captain/Class of 1947).
“Today’s honorees’ deeds and characters exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities,” said Babylon School District’s Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “We believe the recipients of this honor stand as shining examples for current, as well as future, Babylon generations and are looked up to as people to someday emulate.”
Following the ceremony, the local community organizations joined together with the members of the Babylon School District for a homecoming parade filled with a sea of orange through the streets. The crowd cheered as the youngest members of the football and cheerleading organizations joined together with the members of the varsity squads. The homecoming royalty paraded through in convertible cars and waved at the crowd. This year’s floats were themed to represent the elements – fire, water, wind and earth – and at halftime, the senior class was recognized with the best float award for their fire display.
For the football game, the Panthers played host to Hampton Bays. The Baymen were able to secure one touchdown in the first quarter but after that, the game belonged to the Panthers. Babylon took the homecoming victory 41-6.
The Babylon cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their performance throughout the game and during halftime, followed by a performance by the members of the band. To conclude the halftime festivities, the members of the homecoming court were recognized. Luca Giammarino and Lily Hagan were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.