Spirit Week Fesitivities
by Jerome Vainisi on Friday, November 20th, 2015
This year’s spirit week consisted of five different ways for students to show their school pride: on Monday, students wore their sweatpants and most comfortable clothes for “Groutfit day.” Tuesday was Twin Day– the one day when wearing someone else’s exact outfit is socially acceptable. Wednesday was Mismatch Day, where we were openly encouraged to wear something ridiculous. With Thursday came an onslaught of Grandma’s rarely worn, carefully knitted ugly sweaters. Finally, on Friday, everyone wore their Milton gear to get pumped for the pep rally.
Erica Banderob, a teacher in the math department, gushed about how “fun and exciting these dress-ups can be”. Coming into morning assembly on Monday morning was like walking into a sea of gray–it looked like almost everyone was wearing the gray, elastic-waist uniform.
“It’s the only time I can look like a gray marshmallow and not be judged,” says Caleb Beebe (III).
The next day, Twin Day, was equally successful. An annual favorite, Twin Day’s excitement comes from the planning and execution of dressing like a friend or group of friends. Like Groutfit day, few students could be seen without a friend or sibling as a doppleganger.
On Wednesday, Veteran’s Day, the designated dress was hardly designated at all: students were encouraged to wear outfits as mismatched as possible. Out came polka dot tops and striped pants; bright orange marvelously clashing with shades of dark green or purple. I can only imagine the tours that day: an excited, wide-eyed prospective student touring Milton Academy for the first time to find this elite school filled with students wearing polka dot tops, striped green leggings and caps with the Broncos’ logo. The best part? Everyone’s walking around as if nothing were out of the ordinary.
Despite the innocence of the idea, this provoked controversy at the Veteran’s Day flagpole ceremony. These same quirkily dressed students gathered around the flagpole that day to celebrate our veterans and honor the sacrifices they have made to keep this country safe.
Corey Hales (II) found such a display disrespectful. “They should’ve done something more appropriate for Veteran’s Day,” he said. Mismatch Day was arguably less successful than its forerunners, but still saw a considerable turnout.
Perhaps the least followed dress-up came on Thursday. To put it in the words of Andriana Velmahos (III), “Who even owns a fricken ugly sweater?” Ugly Sweater Day wasn’t quite as captivating as Groutfit or Twin Day, but still, people across the community smiled as their homemade sweaters finally were put to use. The halls were filled with itchy polyester, inciting school spirit and a cozy Thursday.
The fifth day of spirit week likely garnered the most followers: Orange and Blue Day. In time for the Pep Rally, nearly every student from Kindergarten to Class I wore all their Milton gear. Milton sweatpants, hoodies, and hats turned the ACC into a mirage of orange and blue. Orange and Blue Day gave the younger Mustangs a chance to flaunt their school spirit. Several teachers said that this was the biggest turnout for any spirit day they’d ever seen. According to Ted Whalen ,“All in all, spirit week was wonderful. I think it was great fun.” At any rate, Spirit Week can be considered a success, because it prepared everyone to show school spirit for the great battle of Milton vs. Nobles, the main event of the week.
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