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Homecoming Tradition at Sparta High School

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Sparta High School 2015 Homecoming Court Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Katie Fontes and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Noelle Vallario and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ryan Klein and his parents.   Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ben McDonald and his parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Hope Nafis and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Jamie Rennie and her soccer captains Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Sara Vincelette and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Justin Brick and his parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ben Davis, his brother Zack and Lindsey Bray Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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James Lynch with Kyle Dilger and Jack Bushey Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Cassidy Dock with her mom and brother Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Nina Levatino and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Molly Schelle and her brothers Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Thomas D'Ascoli and his mom Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Kyle Ruban and his parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Spencer Winberry with his girlfriend and his father Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Emma Drake with Kaleigh Sisco Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Taylor Nolan was playing in a varsity soccer game.  She was represented by her parents. Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Madison Purvey with her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Sophia Theilacker and her parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Devan Dhand and his parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ulysses Farr and his father Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ben Insley and his father Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Owen Mead and his parents Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Dan Orth with his parents and grandmother Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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SPARTA, NJ – With the Marching Spartans providing background music, all of the nominees for Homecoming court were announced at halftime of the Sparta-Parsippany Hills football game on Saturday. Each grade level had their part in the court; Freshman Baroness and Baron, Sophomore Dutchess and Duke, Junior Princess and Prince and of course Senior Queen and King.

Sparta Guidance Counselor and Student Council Advisor Tim Librizzi said, “These students exemplify the positive attributes of Sparta High School such as leadership, character, hard work and school spirit.  Thanks to all the teachers, school administrators and Angela DeLuccia for their spirit and support.”  Librizzi then announced all of the students as they were escorted onto the field.  He read the Homecoming Biography each of the students had created. 

Freshman Baroness:

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Katie Fontes, escorted by her mom and dad Jackie and Len, named her proudest accomplishments as President of the National Junior Honor Society, Captain of the Freshman Volleyball team and volunteering for Pass it Along.  Her interests include Volleyball, Pass it Along and dance.

Noelle Vallario, escorted by her mother and father, named her proudest accomplishments as getting nominated into homecoming court.  Her interest include music, singing and is involved in competitive dance. 

Freshman Baron:

Ryan Klein, escorted by parents Lori and Greg, named his proudest accomplishments as good grades and athletic ability.  His interests include basketball, sneakers and music.

Ben McDonald, escorted by his parents Rich and Greta.  His interests include football and golf.

Sophomore Dutchess:

Hope Nafis, escorted by her parents George and Joan, named earning a varsity letter in three sports as her proudest accomplishments.  Her interests include basketball, field hockey, running, sculpture and ceramics.

Jamie Rennie, escorted by her soccer captains, Annie Burns and Schley Schoenfeld, named her proudest accomplishment as being class president.  Her interests include playing soccer and volunteering with Pass it Along.

Sara Vincelette, escorted by her parents Scott and Kathy, named successfully auditioning for All-State Treble Choir as her proudest accomplishment.  Her chief interest is Sparta High School softball.

Sophomore Barons:

Justin Brick, escorted by parents Kim and Jim, named his proudest accomplishment as playing on the varsity lacrosse team as a freshman.  His interests include Sparta High School Varsity lacrosse and ice hockey.

Ben Davis, escorted by Zach Davis and Lindsey Bray, named his proudest accomplishment as having the second farthest discus and javelin throws in the Freshman level in New Jersey.  His interests include playing guitar with [his] brother Zack, playing piano with [his] sister Becca and beating up [his] brother Jake.

James Lynch, escorted by Kyle Dilger and Jack Bushey, named his proudest accomplishment as running for homecoming court.  His interests include playing tennis and art.

Junior Princess:

Cassidy Dock, escorted by mom Iris-I-bomb- Dock and brother Brandan Dock, named her proudest accomplishments as making it into the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.  Her interests include working at a preschool, coaching cheerleading and being a PDP leader.

Nina Levatino, escorted by her parents John and Paige Levatino, named her proudest accomplishment as being varsity volleyball captain.  Her interests include Medical Science; being a volunteer EMT working on her full EMT certificate.

Molly Schelle, escorted by her brothers Max and Henry, named her proudest accomplishment as being a member of Pass it Along.  Her interests include soccer and hanging out with friends.

Junior Prince:

Thomas D’Ascoli, escorted by his mom, named being a member of the National World Language Honor Society as his proudest accomplishment.  His interests include basketball and a career in law enforcement.

Kyle Ruban, escorted by his parents Gary and Lisa, named having Mike Tobin as his basketball coach as his proudest accomplishment.  His interests include basketball and hanging out with friends.

Spencer Winberry, escorted by his girlfriend Serena Fiorett and his dad, Dennis Winberry, named his proudest accomplishments as operating his own landscaping business and having the ability to put people in a good mood.  His interests include hunting, snow skiing, being outdoors and he will be joining the Sparta Fire Department in May.

Senior Queen:

Juliet DePalma, escorted by her dad Anthony DePalma and her boyfriend’s mother Kim Ferrara, named her proudest accomplishment as being a member of Pass it Along.  Her interests include working at a hair salon and hanging out with friends.

Emma Drake, escorted by Kaleigh Sisco, named her proudest accomplishment as being nominated for Homecoming Court.  Her interests include running cross country and track.  She will be attending Liberty University to major in Studio Arts.

Taylor Nolan was unable to attend because her varsity soccer team had a game at the same time as the football game.  She was represented by her parents Mark and Susan Nolan.  She named her proudest accomplishments as beating Pope John in soccer.  Her interests are soccer and Dan Orth.

Madison Purvey, escorted by her mom Wendy and dad Nick, named her proudest accomplishments as DECA Nationals, lots of concussions and nice friends.  Her interests are reading, sleeping, baking, burritos, guacamole, potatoes, friends and Nick.

Sophia Theilacker, escorted by mom and dad Marie and Bill, named being a member of the National Honor Society and being co-president of the Ecology Club.  Her interests include hiking with her dogs and dinosaurs.

Senior King:

Devan Dhand, escorted by parents Arun and Vaishali Dhand, names his proudest accomplishment as letting in cross country and track.  His interests include walking my dog Penny, driving Stella in the PT Cruiser and hanging out with my friends at Maddie Seeland’s.

Ulysses Farr, escorted by his father Eric Farr, named his proudest accomplishment as being 2014-2015 NJ Champion Debater and Seventh year senior DECA voting delegate.  His interests include being an avid tennis player on the Sparta High School team and a USTA member, Ultimate Frisbee, playing guitar and Economics/Finance.

Ben Insley, escorted by his father season, named his proudest accomplishment as saving Dugan.  He is interested in the Rooftop Boyz.

Owen Mead, escorted by his parents John and Kristin Mead, named his proudest accomplishment as being given the opportunity to play lacrosse in college at Binghamton University.  His interests include lacrosse and basketball.

Dan Orth, escorted by his parents, Lisa and Dennis and his grandmother Diane, named his proudest accomplishments as winning the 2013 and 2014 State Championship with my team.  His interests include football and Taylor Nolan.

The underclass royalty was introduced, with the girls receiving bouquets of flowers. The Freshmen Baronness and Baron are Katie Fontes and Ben McDonald. The Sophomore Dutchess and Duke are Hope Nafis and James Lynch.  The Junior Princess and Prince are Molly Schelle and Kyle Ruban. 

Finally the Homecoming Queen and King were announced.  Madison Purvey and Owen Mead were both festooned with a sash and crown.   Later that night, at the Homecoming Dance, they were announced again for a highlighted dance.

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