The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 21, 2013

Homecoming at St. John was a family event

For the Star Beacon

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Homecoming Week at St. John School had an exciting start which included the Homecoming football game against Pymatuning Valley on Oct. 26. It took place at the Spire Institute in Geneva.

The Heralds played their hearts out on the field including one in particular, Dane Gustafson, who scored two touchdowns for the Heralds breaking four runs immediately after half-time.

When asked about the game, left tackle Mason Rought said, “The Homecoming game was special because we tried hard the whole game. That’s all that matters, just because we didn’t win, it doesn’t mean we lost either.”

There was an overwhelming amount of support and spirit from the fans which included many parents, students, staff and alumni.

The St. John Band was also present at the game. It was the first time in 25 years that St. John had a band at a football game. At half-time, the 2014 Homecoming court was announced as well as the returning King and Queen of the previous year, Michael Mahoney and Brenna Powers. The 2014 King and Queen were Matt Pinelli and Alivia Cimorelli.

St. John kicked off Homecoming week with the first Homecoming Olympics. Grades 7-12 engaged in competitive games such as “Aladdin Says,” a spinoff on Simon Says, a large rock paper scissor tournament, a scooter race and dodge ball.

“The games were not only a lot of fun, but they were great team building exercises!” said junior Ali Rocco.

Teams were awarded with a star for each event they won. In the end, the ninth grade came out victorious and they celebrated in a giant huddle and were awarded with a pizza party.

When asked about his team’s win, freshman Tony Massucci said, “The athletic ability in our class really helped us pull through and win the games.”

On Wednesday, a forgotten tradition was brought back to St. John. A friendly game of powder-puff football was played between the high school girls. The captains were the senior girls. The teams were Blue versus White.

The game was neck-and-neck until the middle of the second quarter. Touchdowns scored by Alicia Ngiraingas and Emily Powers put the Blue team in the lead and led to their victory. Afterwards, the students and parents were welcomed to a potluck dinner in the cafeteria.

On Thursday, students were permitted to dress down, providing they brought in a $1 for “First Steps to Change,” a Catholic charity program for babies, and the students were all for it. They appeared in costumes such as the Wreck-It-Ralph characters, cats, an Iphone, and even a lobster! Grades kindergarten to six participated in a costume parade where older students passed out candy.

To end the week, the entire school gathered in the gym for a Mass for All Saints Day. Students remarked that it was a very nice way to end the week and get together as a family.

Junior Sarah Fowler said, “This year’s Homecoming week showed how much of a family we are here at St. John.”