Champion Huguenots Cheered
The City School District of New Rochelle celebrated the state champion Huguenots football team Thursday with cheers, words of praise and two state proclamations.
"The whole state says congratulations to you, we love you,” state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins told the team in the mid-morning ceremony in the Whitney M. Young Jr. Auditorium in NRHS. "This team has demonstrated discipline in every way. You should be proud."
Stewart-Cousins, who is Temporary President and Majority Leader in the New York State Senate, presented the team with certificates and a proclamation.
The Huguenots also received a proclamation from the Assembly signed by members Amy Paulin and Steven Otis. (Paulin and a representative for Otis attended.)
State leaders, District administrators, and friends and fans of the team gathered in the Whitney Auditorium for the celebration. They also honored the coaches who guided the athletes through a spectacular undefeated season, and the cheerleaders and the NRHS pep band who supported the Huguenots along the way.
The team’s run of victories culminated with a 28-0 romp over McQuaid Jesuit High School in the Class AA state championship game played Nov. 30 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Administrators lauded the perseverance and focus the team displayed throughout the season, traits that galvanized the community.
“You guys have so much heart,” said Interim Principal Joseph Starvaggi. “It impacts everyone around you.”
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Dr. Anthony Bongo added, “You represent New Rochelle and you have made the city proud with how you have conducted yourselves. You brought the community, once again, to a new level."
Students attending the rally said the team’s achievement provides a lesson for all to follow. “They showed us determination," said senior Katlyn Lythcott. "When things get hard, we’ve got to keep going.”
Kendall Atterberry, another senior, agreed: “They are amazing!”