SPF celebrates homecoming tradition

Sophia Iacona

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School celebrated a long time tradition on Oct. 26, by crowning a homecoming king and queen at the homecoming football game.
Nominees for king and queen, five senior girls and four senior boys, were selected by teachers based upon their school involvement and qualities that contribute to a positive school involvement.  Candidates walked the field and had their bios read aloud during the homecoming pep rally on Monday, Oct. 22. Students also participated in spirit week festivities leading up to the Friday football game, which was rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 27 due to a possible storm.
The game kicked off with a performance by the Blue Diamond step team, one of SPF’s two dance teams. The step team was followed by the cheerleading team giving a spirited performance before the game began.
The halftime started with an enthusiastic and impressive performance by the marching band. The band started in the stands and then migrated to the field to usher in the nominees. Before the nominees were announced, the cheerleaders welcomed them with another excited routine.
After the performances, the nine nominees took the field for crowning by SGA members. Senior Casey Ferguson was named homecoming queen along with senior Zachary Evangelista who was named homecoming king.
“I was shocked when I won,” said Ferguson. “I really didn’t think that I would win considered the competition that I was against. I could not be more grateful for this experience.”
The game ended with a loss for the Raiders, falling to the New Brunswick Zebras, but  an overall win for the SPFHS community, who enjoyed a fun-filled homecoming afternoon.