On an eerie Friday the 13th, the Hopatcong Chiefs varsity football team was defeated at their Homecoming game against the Boonton Bombers with a score of 20-6. After the game, where the homecoming winners were recognized at halftime, the students, still cheering with tons of energy, moved to the tent set up for the Homecoming Under the Stars celebration.
Prior to Homecoming, students had nominated three boys and three girls from each grade; votes were counted and the top three boys and girls from each grade were officially nominated for Homecoming. Final voting took place on October 11th.
Senior winners, who were crowned King and Queen, included Anthony Mastroeni and Amanda Ross. Mastroeni went up against Patrick Dugan while Ross was against Jessica Thompson and Kayla Bravo. When asked about how it felt to win Homecoming senior year, Ross said, “It was a fun experience in itself to be nominated, and then to win was a big part of my senior year.” Mastroeni added, “It’s pretty cool; I’ve been nominated a bunch of times before but I’ve never won, so now it finally feels good to win.”
Winners of the junior class included Dennis Krip and Bussy Adebayo. Krip was nominated along with Nikko Chey and Kyle Cinnamon. Adebayo was nominated with Kaitlyn Donnelly and Talia Fulton. In regards to the homecoming tent after the game, Adebayo said that she “had a great time” and Krip enjoyed the music.
The winners of the sophomore class included Alex Wied and John Sanchez. Wied went against sophomores Angela Costanza and Lauren Riker. Sanchez faced Freddie Gonzalez and Harry Hadowanetz. Wied and Sanchez were both surprised to have won adding that other nominees would have secured more votes.
The freshmen winners were Julianna Rodas and Luis Palmer. Rodas competed against Christine Fasano and Kaylee Post, while Palmer competed against Andrew Costa and Matthew Dockendorf. “I was very excited and nervous. I really wanted to win,” said Rodas. “Even if I didn’t, I was just happy to be nominated.” Palmer called Homecoming “a fun experience to have competition with friends”.
The students of Hopatcong, who cheered on their Chiefs throughout the game, brought that same energy following the game into the tent for the “Homecoming Under the Stars” celebration.
The Homecoming celebration occurred the night after a Homecoming Bonfire in the school’s top parking lot. Firefighters were present, lighting a wooden “H” to represent Hopatcong. According to sophomore Jillian Ammiano, the bonfire was “a good bonding time with people (she) barely talks to,” adding that she would like to do it again.