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The Spirit of Spirit Week

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Remembering last year's mayhem in Señorita Wilson's class.​

Remembering last year's mayhem in Señorita Wilson's class.​

Clarisse Guevarra

Clarisse Guevarra

Remembering last year's mayhem in Señorita Wilson's class.​

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This year’s Spirit Week has come and gone, and for the first time, it was not a classroom competition. In previous years, chants and cheers could be heard through the walls once fourth period came around. Music blared across campus, even when only a few classrooms were left in the running as the elimination process progressed. It was truly a week of spirit, or so it was for those who were in the classrooms left competing.

This year, the aura was different. Classrooms were not decorated up to the roof with streamers, balloons, or colorful tablecloths. Some say that it did not feel the same. Others say that this year’s approach was more academically beneficial and considered previous years’ celebrations a classroom distraction.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to the question of spirit. The point of Spirit Week is to get students involved. Andrew Barron, senior, remembers his experience from last year. “It took a lot of collaborative effort to bring along a classroom that had great creativity behind it. All the students in Señorita [Wilson]’s class got along during that week, and I wish we had that collaborative time period this year,” he said. Andrew was in Señorita Debbie Wilson’s fourth period as a junior. Her class was one of the finalists for last year’s competition–the only one composed of juniors.

“I don’t think it was a distraction. We finished what we were supposed to on schedule, and we took a test right before that week so we could start the new chapter right after Spirit Week finished,” Andrew said. “I think it all depends on the teacher. If they want to participate, they need to make sure their schedule is on par with Spirit Week so it doesn’t interfere.”

It could be argued that people had the chance to be more involved this year. Before, it was only those who continued on through each round that kept up their spirits all throughout the week.

Of course, participating in the themes was not strictly limited to the finalists, but once classes were eliminated, students in those classes tended to lose their will to get involved. This year, it was a class competition between each grade level. Without the disappointment of elimination, participating students expressed their spirit to the end.

“I think the old Spirit Week was a distraction and also unfair, because some classes had the opportunity to go all out and even stop working completely in their classes,” said Kassidy Althouse, senior. Kassidy has been in ASB for all four years of high school, so she was involved in the the past and present preparations for spirit week.

On the topic of this year’s changes, Kassidy said that she had fun. “It was cool being able to see the positive changes, especially for ASB’s sake, the new ideas and the campus change. It had a very positive outcome,” she said.

Jackie Ornelas, senior, also experienced more positive involvement this time around. Back when it was restricted to fourth period participation, she was a junior in Mrs. Volpe’s APUSH class. As a course with very demanding curriculum, they were not involved in the week’s festivities. This year, she was encouraged to participate by her math teacher, Mrs. Hope.

“The class that participated the most out of her first through third period classes would win a box of doughnuts,” she said. She agreed that she had the ability to participate more this year, as the fourth period restrictions were no longer applicable.

Regardless of which side one might take, it is clear that many participated. In both previous and present Spirit Weeks, students could be seen roaming the halls dressed according to theme from head to toe. People joined the events, and the school had a successful week of fun.

 

 

 

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