Sewanhaka Central High School District students converged at Floral Park Memorial High School for the second annual Sewanha-Con pop culture convention on March 14.
In attendance were Justin Mirsky and Joe Nola from Sewanhaka High School, Karen Annunziata from H. Frank Carey High School, Nili Resnick and Anne Brusca from New Hyde Park High School and Donna Rosenblum from Floral Park Memorial High School. District librarians organized this event.
The day was designed to emulate larger events, such as Comic Con. Students registered in advance to participate in a number of activities including panel discussions, trivia, anime screenings and video game competitions. Author Blake J. Harris, whose book Console Wars chronicles the history of the Nintendo/Sega rivalry in the 1990s, also led a discussion as part of the convention.
A “comic-con” type event would not be complete without a visit from fan favorite characters. Members of the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, a volunteer group that promotes interest in Star Wars, costuming and charitable work were part of the day’s festivities. Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers were also on hand, greeting attendees and posing for photo ops.