Elizabeth Public Schools joined the City of Elizabeth and thousands of city residents in celebrating the Mid-Atlantic Region Champion Elmora Troopers little league team as they travelled through Elizabeth in a parade on September 6 celebrating their historic achievement of reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Troopers players and coaches, joined on a float by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, passed several district schools on the parade route through the city, including Victor Mravlag School No. 21, Elmora School No. 12, Abraham Lincoln School No. 14, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health and Public Safety Academy, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, and Elizabeth High School – Frank J. Cicarell Academy. Hundreds of students from the various schools held up banners and cheered as the team passed their respective schools.
The parade travelled down its last stretch on Elizabeth Avenue before arriving at City Hall, where the team was honored in an outdoor ceremony. The celebration included visits by several local and state dignitaries, including Governor Phillip Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Congressman Albio Sires, and State Senators Joseph Cryan and Nicholas Scutari. Also present at the ceremony were a large contingent of troopers from the New Jersey State Police, who were there to both honor the accomplishments of the team as well as the memory of fallen trooper Thomas Hanratty, the namesake of the field on which they play and the inspiration for the team’s name. Hundreds of students and staff members from adjacent schools attended the ceremony, joining invited guests, residents, and onlookers to offer their support to the team.