This past week at my high school we had Spirit Week, a week devoted to class competitions and creating school unity. Some of you reading this may be cringing as memories of skits gone awry, staples, paper, and glue from the class wall are literally everywhere, and those kids who refuse to dress according to the dress up day flood your memory. Yet, some of you are smiling as you remember how close you became with your peers and all of the fun you had cheering on your class and school at the big game.
The theme my fellow members of ASB and I selected was social media, and my senior class had to create a wall and skit that revolved around Facebook. Out of a class of about 60 people, only about ten showed up to help decorate the wall. With a whole lot of team work and imagination, we turned a Valley Christian hallway into the Facebook of a member of the class of 2015 in a matter of six hours. It contained status updates and profile pictures of everyone in our class along with throwbacks to our previous spirit week themes, such as, Trix Cereal, Pop Music, and Disney Channel.
To be quite frank, my class was struggling in the spirit department in the beginning of the week. You see, last year we came in last place, so our hopes weren’t too high coming into this week. On Monday, our dress up day was Nerds and Jocks, and we had the second highest percentage of our class dressed up. Who came in first place? The Sophomores. For the rest of the week, it would be a battle between the Seniors and the Sophomores.
As I said earlier, in our wall we did a throwback to our past skits. Well, that was because in our skit we were pretending to be planning our fiftieth reunion, and we were using Facebook to reminisce and invite people. Although we were only 68, we acted like we were 90; the judges, administration and teachers, loved that. From glow in the dark dances, a student pretending to be Miley Cyrus, a dance to “Ice Ice Baby” and “Let’s Get Physical, basketball, and a bunch of teenagers pretending we needed walkers, our skit was actually funny. We went ten minutes over the time limit, but we couldn’t help but enjoy ourselves. Shock of all shocks, a Spirit Week skit that we never completely ran through until we were performing actually helped us gain school spirit.
So now it’s Thursday, and with only one day left of Spirit Week we were still struggling to beat the Sophomores. We knew that while our wall and skit were more interesting than theirs, but theirs was cleaner. Thus, who won Spirit Week was up to the judges’ opinions and who won dress up on Friday, who had the highest percentage of attendance at the big basketball game, and who donated the most for the canned food drive. Thanks to some of the teachers dressing for my class on school colors day (my school colors are black and red), we won dress up with 106%. One of the boys, Matt, collected ten dollars from every senior and bought 200 cans. After some of the Sophomores bragged about how many cans they had, we realized that we needed a huge amount more in order to beat them. The Interact Club would count the cans at five o’clock, which meant we had three hours to collect more money, buy more cans of food, and get them into our advisor’s classroom. With ten minutes to spare, and attempting to dodge multiple tenth graders, we had collected over 1,000 cans. While in the midst of trying to figure out how we were going to beat the lower classmen, a guy named Thomas reminded us of why we’re doing this for. Whether we win or not, we’re helping our brothers and sisters, and that’s what really matters.
Fast forward to the game, and we’re playing our rivals. Our gym was literally booming with energy from excited students and adults who were ready to cheer on our teams. Our Lady Vikings crushed our rivals, the Owls, with a 60 point lead. Then, our Varsity Men’s Basketball team crushed it as well. Our games weren’t just fun because we got to find out who won Spirit Week or because we were beating the Owls. It was fun because we came together as a unified school and rooted for the home team. Instead of chanting some of our beloved anti-owls chants, we cheered in a positive manner. Were we fired up? Absolutely. Did we need to tear down another school in order to encourage our players to play better? No.
What we ended up learning is that, as cliché as it sounds, it’s not about winning. It’s about coming together as a unified school, having a memorable time, and helping out some people along the way. Also, teamwork tends to go a long way when people decide to set aside their negativity and work as a team. Lastly, school and life are stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time. It’s perfectly fine, and healthy, to let loose and have fun every once and a while.
Oh! I never told you if we won! OOH AHH YOU WISH YOU WERE A SENIOR!