Majestic Rays: Marco Island Academy celebrates Homecoming, crowns king and queen

Amanda Martinez lets being crowned Homecoming Queen sink in. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Amanda Martinez lets being crowned Homecoming Queen sink in. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— For a new school such as Marco Island Academy, there are many firsts and milestones, as they build their traditions. Friday night, MIA notched another, as they held their first homecoming with an actual senior class.

The football game Friday evening at Winterberry Park, with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen at halftime, capped a week of fun activities at the school. Each day, they dressed in silly outfits, with “Pajama Monday,” “Wacky Tacky Day,” and “Throwback Thursday” to wear 80’s outfits their parents might have donned for real.

With school out on Friday, they gathered there anyway, decorating their vehicles with streamers, glitter, signs and markers for a motorcade to the field. Another first for the school? An actual brass band, led by band director Marty Miller, which provided a musical backdrop for the occasion.

“Wow, look at this, we’ve got a band and everything,” said one parent, who was also heard observing that, with no one having yet graduated from the school, the whole “homecoming” premise was shaky. “Just who is coming home, anyway,” he asked.

Never mind the students made up in spirit what they may lack in numbers, and even getting walloped on the football field didn’t put a damper on their enthusiasm. As head coach Andrew Delgado pointed out, MIA has only two seniors starting on the team, and 18 sophomores or freshman.

“We’ll be better next year,” he said. Indeed, some Collier County high schools have twice as many members in their marching band as MIA has in the entire student body. In one illustration of the school’s relative size, freshman Edward Ludwigsen did it all for the Rays, blowing his slide trombone in the band before taking the field with the football team, where the roster listed him as both a wide receiver and defensive back.

The Rays were down 28-0 after the first quarter, with the final score 52-12. They did manage a couple of touchdowns, but no extra points.

Senior Josh Delsing took a break from his football duties to march across the field as the homecoming court was announced, and was crowned Homecoming King. Amanda Martinez pulled the blue balloon from the bag, telling her and the world she had been selected Homecoming Queen.

The balance of the Homecoming Court included senior class attendants Patrick Silvieri, Annmarie Grossi, Sarah Reisinger, John Olszak, Keira Ludwigsen, and Jacob Hurtley, junior class attendants Steven Linton and Romina Gimenez, sophomore class attendants Meagan Reisinger and Cole Stretton, and freshman class attendants Will Carlisle and Sydney Feriozzi.

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Mayor_McCheese writes:

It will be interesting to see what this first graduating class will do after HS. How many are there? Howe many will go to college and where? what will the others do. This would be an interesting story for the Eagle in a few months.

RayPray writes:

in response to Mayor_McCheese:

It will be interesting to see what this first graduating class will do after HS. How many are there? Howe many will go to college and where? what will the others do. This would be an interesting story for the Eagle in a few months.

"Senior Josh Delsing took a break from his football duties...."

With the emphasis on such concussive duties at this academy, who can doubt how many of the graduates should be well prepared for an 21st Century career in lawn maintenance or pool primping....

Northerner writes:

Only one picture of Jane?? What's up with that...
Mayor, we won't hear about the graduating class going nowhere. Just like it wasn't posted in the Eagle about MIA slipping from a "C" to a "D" rated school.
Ray, you forgot short order cook...

2themoon writes:

I do believe Mrs. Watt she have been prom queen

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