30 Seconds or Less: LI Cheer/Kickline Teams

Homecoming football games have provided all kinds of excitement on Long Island this year. But whether the home team is winning or losing, high school cheerleading and kickline teams make sure everyone has a good time. Click on the photos below to watch video snippets of team performances that Newsday.com community journalists Tara Conry and Amy Onorato and contributors Jennifer A. Uihlein, John Friia and Ann Luk shot on their cellphones while covering homecoming celebrations. Homecoming is just the beginning for many of these teams as competition season gets underway. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding more videos when the trophies are up for grabs. Do you have photos, video footage or an interesting story to share about LI’s cheer and kickline teams? Email submissions to Josh Stewart at josh.stewart@newsday.com.

Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes

We’ve all seen the videos of high school seniors dressed to the nines in the parents’ driveways before getting in that limo to go to the prom. But Newsday decided to turn the camera on Long Island parents to capture their emotions during this rite of passage. In the process we found one parent who feels blessed she’s still here to see her child off to the prom, and another dealing with the mixed emotions of going to the prom with a special-needs daughter. We even found one parent who realized that when it comes to the magic of prom night, age is nothing but a number. Click on the pictures below to view the videos. Hashtag your prom photos #LIProms on Twitter and Instagram, and you may see them on newsday.com. And if you have a Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes story that you think we should know about, email josh.stewart@newsday.com.