Upper School Engages in Spirit Week
by Elana Golub on Friday, November 11th, 2011
Spirit week is an opportunity to display one’s school pride, and, according to Head Monitor Tom Schnoor (I) “a chance to do something together as a community.” Each day of the week, the head monitors assign a certain theme for student attire. Participation is taken by the class deans, and the class with the greatest participation by the end of the week wins a prize—usually rolling check-in or donuts—to reward their class spirit.
Spirit week 2011 kicked off Monday with pajama day, which received an impressive amount of participation. Tuesday followed with twin day, filling the school with dynamic duos. Next, Wednesday introduced a new idea: character day. Replacing last year’s “dress like a teacher day,” this theme encouraged creativity and produced a more diverse variety of outfits among students. Thursday, the last themed day and the most important of the week, marked the traditional Orange and Blue day.
The concept of Spirit week may seem mildly frivolous to an onlooker, but to those who have participated in the event, it means more than just wearing an outfit outside of one’s normal comfort zone. The games against Nobles, our rival school, are a staple on the school calendar, and the whole community is united as we support our sports teams—and what better way to support your a classmate then duplicating one’s manner of dressing with that of the whole student body?
Molly Gilmore (I) believes that “It’s fun to see everyone’s outfits and to see people really supporting each other in a visual way.” Someone who is visiting campus during this memorable week will notice the strong sense of community just by seeing the way in which the kids are dressed.
Nobles weekend is not simply the most important weekend of the athletic season; this opportunity to display school pride and dress up in ridiculous costumes lightens the school’s atmosphere and distracts students’ from the stress of their large workloads.
So far, the week has been a success, and the senior class has maintained a large lead in Spirit Week participation.
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