A week full of spirited competition

Spirit Week is a student favorite each year, with competition between classes driving up participation and excitement.  “Spirit Week is fun. I like competing,” senior Andreas Gilpin-Falk said.

For junior Margaret O’Connell, the entire week is an adventure. “Spirit Week was a very fun experience to be a part of, especially because of the high energy atmosphere some students chose to rise to,” she said.

Younger students like Jaydon Perez, a ninth grader, were not in it to win it, but to have fun with friends. “It was fun seeing us all having fun together and showing our school spirit, our love for our school,” Perez said.

The competitive nature of the upperclassmen often leads to big wins, with the juniors trailing close behind, and with underclassmen coming in last. “It is the same every year, honestly, which is part of the tradition,” junior Alex Sciaruto said.

Gilpin-Falk sees it more as a lack of confidence that leads the lower grades to lose the tallies, and the complete opposite for the upper grades.

“Underclassmen don’t feel like they belong to the school as much. Seniors win because they want to show how they’ve succeeded as individuals and as a class,” he said.

Students agreed that participating in Spirit Week can be based on confidence or  self-consciousness. “If your friends aren’t doing that day of spirit, they may think it’s weird that you are doing it but they are not doing it,” Perez said.

Another central reason is forgetfulness, especially for the beginning of the week. “I only didn’t participate because I forgot it was Spirit Week on Monday,” Sciaruto explained.

The best part of the week varies for different people. For some, it’s a specific day. “My favorite spirit was Pajama Day. I think we should have pajama day every day,” O’Connell said.

For others it’s the results of each day. “My favorite part is the suspense before they announce the winners,” Sciaruto said.

An important part of Spirit Week that is often overlooked is the collection of canned goods.

“We’re helping out people outside our school who may need food and putting it to good use for our class and our community,” Perez said.

On the other hand, for some it can present too much of a challenge and an unfair advantage. “I think it is a good idea but also too much effort for a lot of students,” Sciaruto said.

Although Spirit Week goes well for most, some feel there could be changes. “If I could change one thing for Spirit Week, I would add trash-bag-cereal day,” O’Connell said with a laugh.

Others think the rules need to be strictly enforced because people often try to get around them, like wearing sweatpants for pajamas, for example. “We need to make a rule that you can’t do Blackout Day on Crayon Day,” Gilpin-Falk said.

Spirit Week’s main goal is to show our spirit as a school and as a whole, but for the upperclassmen, winning is a very big deal.

“It’s a satiating kind of victory, and losing just feels like we let each other down,” Gilpin-Falk said. “Winning is important to me because it shows how our class can work together towards a goal.”

For Perez and his friends, winning was not the goal. “It isn’t important as long as you have fun and try your hardest,” he said.