A Vivacious and Successful Spirit Week
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 16th, 2012
In the nervous yet exciting week prepping for the Nobles Day games, Milton Academy held its annual spirit week, replete with pajama bottoms, old Halloween costumes, and flamboyant blue and orange attire. This year, the school succeeded in creating enthusiasm and camaraderie amongst students to give Milton that final push when playing against perennial rival Nobles. We had much to look forward to: blackout day, twin day, pajama day, Halloween day, and finally, orange and blue day.
Monday’s blackout outfit, although neither colorful nor bursting with animation, embodied without a doubt the unification of the student body. Black jeans, black sweatshirts, and even the occasional black war paint filled the hallways. Because of the simplicity of the theme, almost the entire school participated in wearing the color. “Blackout day was definitely my favorite theme day,” said Elizabeth Muse (IV). “It was relatively effortless to put together, yet still really entertaining and powerful to see the entire student body completely uniformed.”
Come Tuesday, Milton Academy was swamped with clones. Students in matching flannel shirts, scarves, and t-shirts swarmed around campus. Many highlighted twin day as their favorite theme of the week, including Tucker Hamlin (I), who admired how “simple outfits really could transform friends into twins.” Students were amused by the challenge of finding each individual’s twin throughout the day and deciding which pair had achieved the greatest degree of matching. While a great deal of the school decided to participate in this year’s twin day, it required significantly more coordination than simply rolling out of bed and throwing on a mindless outfit.
On Wednesday, however, rolling out of bed and coming to school was precisely the goal. The most comfortable day of the year, pajama day, is a favorite of nearly all students, and happened midway through the week. Everyone deserved a day of relaxation—even it was only represented by clothing. A few extra-cozy students sported fuzzy onesies and bunny slippers, while others played it safe in sweatpants and baggy sweatshirts. An innocent stranger driving by on Centre Street could not help but wonder if the mass of students parading down the crosswalk were headed for a school-wide slumber party, complete with homely flannel pajama bottoms and even the occasional Snuggie. No one could resist joining in on this especially tempting day of restfulness.
Many students eagerly pulled out their old Halloween costumes, whether from the past week or their middle school trick-or-treating days, and went all-out for character day. Dressed as celebrities, animals, and friends, students had fun creating character costumes at the last minute. Overall, this Halloween day had relatively fewer participants; nevertheless, those who did decide to dress up certainly brightened up the day for everyone else.
At last, it was Nobles day. Friday welcomed a vivacious and energetic K-12 student body with the spirit-filled, school-wide pep rally. Kindergartners and seniors alike brought out all of the Milton apparel they owned, from classic mustang t-shirts to orange and blue hair ribbons to bright face paint. Bringing in a vibe of school camaraderie and true mustang spirit, students of all ages strutted into the ACC, grabbing an orange and blue cheering pom-pom on the way in. With our mustang mascot up front at all times, we saw amazing performances by the step and dance teams, further uplifting the atmosphere of pomp, circumstance, and revelry. As the event went on, the cheering became louder and louder until our blue and orange pride was nearly uncontainable. With the immensely encouraging and bubbly support from all of their classmates, each team appeared ready to put their full effort into beating Nobles. The Pep Rally concluded with an amusing video of a grueling face-off between the Milton Mustang and the Nobles Bulldog, a presentation which left each team ready to represent its school. Resulting from a superbly successful spirit week, the Mustangs, with the support of one another, were well prepared for an ultimately successful Nobles Day.
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