CLARK, NJ - On Wednesday, October 31, Arthur L. Johnson High School hosted the Annual Senior Costume Parade. Prizes were awarded for several categories including funniest, scariest, best couple, most original, best group and best overall.

Every category received an individual gift card to a local restaurant. The Best Overall Costume received a prom bid valued at $110. The teachers chosen to judge took notes during the march for who they thought fit each category, then tallied the votes to declare the final winners. 

As the event began, students gathered and paraded around the lower gymnasium to compete for each category. Some of the judges included anatomy teacher Bernadette Jacobi, French teacher Angela Winthers, mathematics teacher Roxanne Raposo, chemistry teacher John Giannattasio and physical education teacher Laura Bundy. After the votes were calculated for each title, Fredy Reyes, Class Advisor, announced the winners and awarded gift cards with fellow Class Advisor Sharon Mills. 

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The scariest costume was awarded to Dominik Vito, dressed as Pennywise. The funniest costume was presented to Jillian Pencinger, Juliana Abbaticola and Emily Woods, all dressed as Senior citizens. The best group went to the Mario Kart players made up of Jenna Weise, Lia D’Angelo, Lauren Kelly, Megan Tinger, Alyssa Grasso and Caitlyn Kessock. The most original costume was awarded to Hannah Vargas and Juliette Barakat, presented as paintings of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Twins Alexa Prestinari and Gabriella Prestinari were named best couple, dressed as Annie and Hallie in Parent Trap.  The best all around, and winner of the free prom bid, went to James Hoenings dressed as a stay-at-home dad.

Hoenings explained his overall experience during this event. He said he had an exceptional time with his class and was shocked that he won for best overall.

Weise shared her thoughts on the parade as well. She boasted about her personal experience throughout the event and was proud of herself along with her friends for winning one of the very few titles.  “All of us had fun getting together and creating this costume ourselves. It was really a great opportunity to showcase my groups creativity,” she said.

Participating in the Halloween Parade is meant to give the Senior class a chance to enjoy their last Halloween together and demonstrate their school spirit.


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