Homecoming Victory

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It was a day of celebration on Oct. 12 as students, staff and community members representing the Babylon School District participated in the annual homecoming festivities on a beautiful fall day. 

The day kicked off with the third annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame celebration at Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall, where three new members were inducted. This year’s honorees included U.S. Air Force Sgt. Matthew Caruso (Air Force Chief Master Sergeant/Class of ’87), the late Gilbert Hanse (Babylon mayor/Class of ’32) and David Lovalvo (Founder/President/CEO of The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration/Class of ‘72). 

“Today’s honorees’ deeds and characters exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities,” said Mrs. 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 annual homecoming parade kicked off throughout the decorative streets of Babylon Village. Onlookers cheered as various student and community groups marched with smiles on their faces as they made their way along the parade route. To commemorate the special day, each grade level decorated their floats to represent a different season, and at halftime, the sophomore class was recognized with the best float award for their depiction of the winter season. 

The attention turned to coach Walter F. Williams Field as the Panthers played host to the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck High School’s combined football team. The game belonged to Babylon from the opening kickoff, as they cruised to a decisive 40-0 victory by the time the buzzer rang at the end of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Luke Lassen was 4-for-5 for 104 yards and two passing touchdowns to lead the way, while Joe Young threw a touchdown pass as well. 

The Babylon cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their performance throughout the game and during halftime. Following their routine, this year’s hall of fame inductees were recognized in front of the attendees, as was the homecoming court. Due to the support of their peers, students Anthony Rotondaro and Hannah Bushery were named homecoming king and queen, respectively.