Milton Community Prepares for Nobles Day
by Hannah Hoffman on Friday, November 8th, 2013
At the end of every athletic season, rival teams from Milton and Nobles compete head-to-head to achieve athletic domination. From middle schoolers to varsity-level high schoolers, athletes of all ages and levels will compete today and tomorrow in these exhilarating games.
Over the past week, Milton has engaged in the traditional spirit week in order to get students excited for these upcoming games. Decked out in a differently themed outfit each day, students and even faculty showed their support for the Milton Academy sports teams. Unlike past years, the themes of these first four days —flannel day, twin day, groutfit day, and Olympus team day —hold more significance in the Milton community than any other year. While the “groutfit”, or gray sweatpants and sweatshirt outfit, has become very popular in the past couple years at Milton by head monitor Cameron Park (I), the Olympus team spirit day aimed to create spirit not only for Nobles Day but also for the Olympus Games, a new Milton Academy tradition. Today’s theme, the annual orange-and-blue day, has always reaped the most participation throughout the student body since spirit week’s origins. Noah Cheng (IV) appreciates the chance to dress up during spirit week, as “seeing everyone go all out shows Milton’s school spirit.”
After an exciting spirit week, it is finally Nobles day. Earlier this morning, the K-8 student body joined our own in the annual pep rally; kindergartners and seniors alike are dressed head to toe in orange and blue, sporting Mustang t-shirts, pom-poms, and ridiculous face paint. The energetic performances from the step and dance teams and the much anticipated mascot video have further elevated the community’s excitement. Matt Langen (II) described, “You can feel the energy radiate throughout the school during the pep rally.”
The SGA has successfully generated enthusiasm and a sense of unity amongst students through spirit week, hopefully giving Milton teams an edge against Nobles today and tomorrow. In addition to SGA leaders, team captains have prepared their teams for the intense games ahead. Anthony Scurto (I), a captain of Milton’s undefeated football team, mentioned that he tries “to just keep everyone under control and try not to get too emotional for the game. We all have to… focus on one play at a time.” When asked what he hopes to see at the Nobles game, Anthony named “a desire to play hard and everyone to do their job on the team.”
Spirit week and Nobles Day have always been a great way to unite the entire community and prepare Milton’s athletes. Anthony indicated, “I think it’s fun to have the whole school get involved and get excited about a game.” Matt agreed, “I’m glad we have a rival. It adds a sense of excitement to the athletics we partake it.” Deirdre McGovern (I), a varsity field hockey player, believes that spirit week and the pep rally “makes athletes work harder in those games, and brings together the community for the week. The rivalry challenges us to focus on our weak points athletically.”
With considerable support from their community, all the teams hopefully feel ready to put forth their best effort in conquering Nobles during this weekend’s games.
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