Redmen pride
Students and community members alike enjoy East Islip’s second Homecoming Festival on Sept. 22.

Photo courtesy of the East Islip School District

Redmen pride


EAST ISLIP—A marvelous homecoming full of family fun and Redmen pride began for East Islip on the morning of Sept. 22, as celebratory community members gathered at the Early Childhood Center soccer fields for the second Homecoming Festival, replete with numerous carnival games that were manned by spirited high school students. The face-painting booth was particularly busy and the most popular colors were red and white.

Later in the day at Sal Ciampi Field, the varsity football Redmen beat Eastport-South Manor, 21-14, in a tightly contested game. Quarterback Steve Sassi completed 11 of 17 passes, including a three-yard throw to Nick Peluso for the game-winning overtime touchdown. Dylan Rigo ran for 56 yards and a touchdown. Joe Fragala and Tom Higgins led the defense with 10 and 13 tackles, respectively.

Following strong halftime performances by the EI band, kick line and cheerleaders, principal Mark Bernard crowned Jolie Lenox as this year’s homecoming queen alongside Matthew McHugh as king, while the Class of 2019 seniors were awarded the Class Cup – another new tradition in its second year – for showing the most school spirit throughout Spirit Week.

“Another wonderful homecoming is in the record books,” said school counselor and homecoming organizer Jessica Pignataro.

A touchdown for the Redmen in a homecoming victory over Eastport-South Manor.

East Islip High School’s band rouses the crowd at the Sept. 22 homecoming.

Crowned homecoming king and queen Matthew McHugh and Jolie Lenox.