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Marching Spartans Celebrate their Seniors

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The Sparta High School Marching Band honors their senior members Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Brendan O'Hara Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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Ryan Ailara Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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SPARTA, NJ – The Marching Spartans celebrated the seniors in the band during halftime at Saturday’s football game. 

With their band members at center field under the direction of Dr Deborah Gianuzzi the seniors were escorted onto the field by family members. A short biography was read.

Field Captain Brendan O’Hara was escorted by his parents Mary Beth and Michael.  He has been a member of the band for four years and plans to study film at Ithaca College.

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Band member Ryan Ailara was escorted by parents Kristina and Edmund.  He has been a three year member of the band has future plans to attend Seton Hall and become a doctor. 

Low winds and Brass Captain Stephen Andrewlavage was escorted by his parents Charlene and Gerald.  He has been a member of the band for four years and plans to pursue music education.

Band member Emma D’Amica was escorted onto the field by her mother Laura and brother Harrison.  She has been a member of the band for four years and plans to study Communication- marketing and design and minor in Russian.

Woodwind Captain Matthew Dempsey was escorted by his parents Lisa and Michael.  Having been a member of the band for four years Matthew plans to study engineering at Penn State.

Drum Major Rohan Drummond was escorted by his parents Rashmi adn Rick.   Drummond has been a member of the marching band for four years and plans to pursue studies in engineering.

Quartermaster Ellie Hartranft was escorted onto the field by her parents Anne-Marie and Jim and her brother Robert.  Hartranft has been a member of the band for four years and plans to attend University of Maryland and to become a math teacher.

Band member Kaity Jacobs was escorted by her parents Nanci and Russ and her sister Robyn.  She has been a band member for four years and plans to go to college for music or photography. 

Band member Mya Lynch was escorted onto the field by her parents Darlene and Thomas.  She has been playing with the band for four years and plans to study music performance and music education.

Band member Claire Mundi was escorted by her parents Jancie and Karl.  She has played with the band for four years and plans to attend college to study math and science.

Drum Major Kristen Petrucci was escorted by her parents Maryann and John and her brother Zac.  She has been a member of the band for four years and plans to study music education at Ithaca College.

Percussion Captain Eric Philippou was escorted onto the field by his mother Helene.  He has been a member of the band for four years and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his registered nursing license.

Band member Peter Vallario, who was celebrating his birthday that day, was escorted by his parents Rosalie and Dave and his sister Noelle.  He has been a member of the band for four years and plans to pursue a degree in Industrial Design at Montclair State University.

Drum Major Ryan Waselik was escorted onto the field by his parents Colleen and Jim, his sister Lauren and his grandma Lois.  He has played with the band for four years and plans to pursue a degree in secondary education.

The band members formed a gauntlet through which the seniors passed to enter the cafeteria.  Awaiting them was a buffet lunch and cake.  

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