Story by Benjamin Tate
The float theme for the 2017-2018 S.S. Seward Institute High School Homecoming parade on Sat., Oct. 14 was “Celebrating the Decades.” After working for weeks on their floats and costumes, the students marched down Main St. in the Village of Florida on a partly cloudy day.
The parade was led by the Florida Volunteer Fire Department, who honked their horns and sent the parade into a blaze. The Fire Department was followed by the school mascot, the S.S. Seward Spartan, and by students.
The Homecoming Court included Connor Plocharczyk as the King and Nicole De Los Santos as the Queen, who rode in style in convertibles, followed by the class floats.
Each of the classes had certain decades as themes – the 1950s for the freshmen, the 1960s for the sophomores, the 2010s for the juniors, and the 1980s for the seniors. The students played iconic songs from those decades, such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, and “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly.
“The skits are always a little bit hard to adjust, because they’re long and sometimes it’s not entertaining enough,” said Stephanie Amorosana, teacher at Seward High School, “but at the end of the day it’s all about fun.”
In the end, after the judges voted, the seniors came in first place, the freshmen in second, the sophomores in third and the juniors in fourth.