Weekly Feature

2018-10-10 / Front Page

Will North celebrates 50th anniversary

by ANNA DEROSA Associate Editor

During its Homecoming Week, Williamsville North High School will hold a 50th anniversary celebration and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the school, 1595 Hopkins Road.

The festivities, including commemorative photos, live music and food trucks, will take place prior to the Homecoming football game, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

In 50 years, many memories were made within the school’s walls. Assistant Principal Brian Swatland noted that former students may remember their English or science teacher, or what happened in front of a certain room in the building.

“It’s important to come back and celebrate those times as a community,” he said.

During the open house, the high school will be open so attendees can view the decorations and walk around if they want to re-visit their old footsteps.

Spartan alumni can relish in finding their old locker, and Link Crew student guides will be available near all parking lot entrances.

At the event, there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Attendees will be able to walk the “Green Carpet” and have their photograph taken at the downstairs cafeteria.

According to Swatland, individuals can take a “selfie” in front of a Spartans backdrop or use a photo booth, provided by CJ Sounds.

There will also be old picture boards on display throughout the building, including around the auditorium and courtyard hallways, for viewing.

Past yearbooks will be located in the junior cafe upstairs and 50th anniversary programs will be located near the main office.

According to Swatland, the high school’s journalism class created the evening’s programs, which contain nostalgic pages with Then & Now photos and Q&A’s, among other items.

The program also features the winners of the school-wide 50th Anniversary Writing Contest. Students had the chance to submit different creative works, such as poems and short stories, to be included in the program.

Live music will be provided by North students and alumni. The group, titled Mosswalk, will perform from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. and The Sans will be playing from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., both near the horseshoe.

The event will also feature planetarium tours every quarter hour starting at 4 p.m., and food trucks, including Lloyd, Cheesy Chick, House of Munch, Polish Villa and Coldstone, will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. in the horseshoe.

When walking through the halls, individuals will be able to see digital signage and TVs where slide shows will be playing. Swatland said the slide shows will feature photos that people have submitted through Instagram and Facebook.

Not only are there an array of activities, but people can see how the building has changed and visit new additions, such as North’s sports complex.

In addition to Swatland, the 50th Anniversary Teacher Committee comprised Marlena Belsito; Michele Calandra; Christi (Rosetti) Carroll, ’90; Kaitlin Curcio, ’08; Jill Cusenz, ’05; Erin DeVantier; Ryan DiVita, ’07; Bill Kaputa, ’01; Mark Percy; Sandy Rosa; Garbriella (Giammusso) Tringali, ’89; and Cindy (Zeplowitz) Wolfe, ’88.

“We’re just trying to put on a good night for the alumni,” Swatland said.

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