KENILWORTH, NJ – Friday, November 1, David Brearley High School announced Michael Naya and Melanie Mangano as the 2019 Homecoming King and Queen. They were crowned right before the football game in front of all the Brearley fans and family. The other nominees for king were Joseph Gasper, Ibn McLean, Peter Siragusa, and Trevor Strigler. Nominees for queen were Riley Burns, Brianna Gallagher, Sofia Lospinoso and Jazmine Shaw. At the Homecoming Dance the other members of the court were announced. The court consisted of freshman prince and princess Ryan Rafter and Jazmyne McLean, sophomore prince and princess Patrick Pittman and Lucia Mangano, and junior prince and princess Derek Graichen and Ava Figueiredo. The Homcoming Dance was held Wednesday, October 30, in the cafeteria at DBHS and had a turnout of about 350 students.
“I was so happy for all the nominees” teacher Amy Efchak beamed. “They are such wonderful young men and women and I am proud to be a part of the homecoming celebration every year." Homecoming King Michael Naya exclaimed, “I feel very proud and happy to have won Homecoming King. I feel that every nominee deserved to be nominated and recognized as individuals. Each of them are some of the finest men and women I will ever know." Melanie Mangano was shocked when the winner was announced. “Winning Homecoming Queen was surreal. I was so overwhelmed with happiness that when they called my name I started to cry. It feels really good to know I was being recognized for being a good person. The other queen nominees are equally deserving of this honor. I could not have been happier standing up there with them.” Melanie was crowned by her aunt Jennifer who was the DBHS Homecoming Queen of 1989. Both Michael and Melanie stated that they were “truly honored and blessed.”