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Sunny Weather Makes for Great Homecoming Turnout

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The football game between the Westlake Wildcats and Croton Harmon High School was not the only entertainment to be enjoyed Saturday at Westlake’s homecoming.  Multiple stands and tables were set up along the perimeter of the school’s parking lot to set up a carnival-like environment for the game.

“This has been a great turnout, I don’t think I’ve seen school spirit like this in the entire time I’ve been here at Westlake,” said guidance counselor Nick DiPaolo.

DiPaolo is the Westlake softball coach and his team set up at homecoming along with other athletic teams to sell food and Westlake memorabilia to raise money for their programs.

“The school does a very good job of supporting athletics but this is important for us,” DiPaolo said.  “This is what carries us,”

DiPaolo said his team would be using the money raised to help offset the cost of a team trip to Florida in the spring to participate in a tournament.

Along with sports teams, representatives from each class’ student council department were also at the game selling food like hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, pasta, among other things.  Tania Greco, a guidance counselor at Westlake and the representative that oversees all of student council activities said she believes that this year’s homecoming game was the most attended game in her 12 years at Westlake.

“A lot of it has to do with the weather but it just goes to show how much this community supports our students and their programs,” Greco said.

Information tables were also set up for programs and groups within the school, such as the PTA.  Heidi Mele and Carol Migliorelli, representative on hand for the PTA, said that more parents signed up to be involved with the PTA Saturday than any other year in the 14 years they have been involved at homecoming.  Despite their success, they couldn’t get over the great food prepared by students and parents of the student council.

“Every year the food just gets better,” Magliorelli said.  “It’s gotten really exotic this year,”

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