The Senior Citizen Prom Spring Fling hosted by S.A.I.L. (Service Activities Involvement and Leadership) is a night that students and seniors look forward to all year. After months of work and preparation, the S.A.I.L students had one mission and that was to provide a night of happiness and entertainment to the senior citizens in town. It was clear the joy that filled the air as the students greeted their guests for a night of
This year’s event drew 120 seniors from town as they danced the night away alongside the S.A.I.L. students to hits of the oldies. The evening began with speeches from senior S.A.I.L. officers who set the celebratory tone for the guests. The students provided appetizer service which was followed by a phenomenal performance by the select chorus as well as, stars from the spring musical “In the Heights” led by chorus instructor Ilias Siafakas.
Dinner service was proceeded by an award ceremony where the students recognized various seniors including, “Friendliest”, “ Cutest Couple”, “Best Dressed”, “Best Dancer”,” Best Personality” , “Best Smile”, “Best Buddies” and of course our Prom King and Queen. Each winner received a prize from various establishments in town. Prizes included gift cards from Natoli’s, Giovanni’s, Sweet and Flour, Marra’s Drug Store, Olive Garden and the Secaucus Recreation Center.
Just when the guests thought the prizes stopped there they were given a chance to win a money tree donated by the Kochera Family, a chance for several door prizes donated by families and establishments in town, and a lottery apron. The senior citizens weren’t the only ones surprised with awards during the event. This year our S.A.I.L. program was fortunate enough to raise $2000.00 in scholarship money for our students. Miss Lee, S.A.I.L. Coordinator, was able to present these deserving students with their scholarship awards. The Fil-Aid Foundation under the leadership of Bert Aguilera donated $1500.00 to the S.A.I.L. program. Amanda Silva, Toni Ann Cioce and Rachael O’Boyle were each awarded a $500.00 S.A.I.L. scholarship. These students were selected based on their hard work and dedication, community involvement, leadership and their strength of character.
The students also raised $500.00 through service activities throughout the year to create the Frank Degilio and Frank Pinto Memorial S.A.I.L. Scholarships. Each student received $250.00 This year’s Frank Degilio Memorial S.A.I.L. Scholarship was awarded to Cesar Quinones. This student is kind, generous, giving, and a person of exemplary moral character. The Frank Pinto Memorial Day S.A.I.L. Scholarship was awarded to Sally Rizzo. This student embodies compassion, kindness, a willingness to help others and a person who knows how to live life to its fullest.
“These students are such positive role models to the community. Their hard work and dedication are unparalleled. Their spirit, energy and commitment to being good people is contagious and I am honored to their leader in this program” stated Miss Lee.