Inclement weather forced Thursday’s Clarkstown North’s Rally for Unity with the dance team, band and cheerleaders indoors and into two sessions. The rally took on a serious note when one of the student leaders told them to channel recent negativity into positive experiences. During his remarks to the seniors and juniors, Principal Harry Leonardatos told them recent days had been among his most difficult.
“North made news for negative reasons...” he said in a reference to reports of students drinking and requiring medical attention during activities after the school’s Homecoming Dance.
“Instead of focusing on all the good things our school community has to offer I spent my time responding to the many emails demanding such ideas I was told as cancellation of the senior prom, junior ball and all future homecoming dances,” he said. “Now of course we’re not going to have any of that.”
“I appreciated the apologies many of you offered and therefore we are here today,” Leonardatos said.
He told the students he was proud of their behavior and school spirit at last Friday’s football game against South High School and their demonstration of “all the good things about North High School.”
“We will let bygones be bygones and we will move ahead,” he said. “However, our first order of business is a Rams victory at tonight’s first ever North/South playoff game.”
The playoff game at North High School begins at 6 p.m.