Homecoming Week. While it’s a tradition in any school (especially in the South), everyone celebrates this high school “spirited holiday” differently – and this year, Marist put out the tallest Christmas tree, the heaviest turkey, and the most Easter eggs. (Or in other words, we went all out.) I can’t speak for how other high schools exhibit their school spirit, but more so than ever, the War Eagles are showing ourselves and our entire neighborhood just how united we can be, not only a student body, but also as a Marist community – from kids to parents to teachers to alumni – in our spirit days, in our football games, and in our everyday interactions.
As Student Council Co-President, few things make me happier than seeing all our students working together to really make our school climate the most positive, the most welcoming, the most spirited it can be – and after the six years that I’ve been at Marist, I can certainly say that this time around, we’re more united than ever – and I’m not just saying that because I’m the president. I’m saying it because of the 7th graders who wouldn’t stop screaming their War Eagle pride at our first pep rally. I’m saying it because of the seniors who had no shame in dressing all out according to our Vintage Blue & Gold out-of-uniform day. I’m saying it because of the teachers who are consciously making an effort to be involved in all aspects of school life – from the 8:30 am bell to the 7:30 pm football game blare. I’m saying it because of the students who are proud of Marist, of their accomplishments, of the people around them. I’m saying it because of every week – not just Spirit Week – when War Eagle Fever is in the air.
Sure, Spirit Week was exceptional from Monday’s Find the Keychain Day all the way to Saturday’s “Party at Gatsby’s” Homecoming dance. Tuesday’s GATSBY out-of-uniform day, for example, brought Gypsies, Artists, Toddlers, Superheros, Bumblebees, and Yellow mustard to our campus, based on a letter in the theme word (see how it spelled GATSBY? check out the picture post), and the rest of the week – from Homecoming T-Shirt Day to Flashback Friday – also really allowed for the blue and gold to bleed from the walls of our over-50 year old school building.
But now, we as a Student Council have to look beyond Spirit Week to maintain that same energy going forward, and we certainly are trying to do just that. You see, October and November at any school tend to feel like some of the longer months, with Homecoming over and students simply waiting for Christmas break – but no more at Marist. Our Student Council officers are determined to keep that spirit flowing in between classes and beyond, so I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to see how our students respond to our as-of-yet undisclosed upcoming initiatives. I’d tell you now, but we don’t want to jinx anything, now, do we? We certainly don’t want that Fever to go away.