School spirit enhanced by inclusion of underclassmen in Spirit Week

by Olivia Balavitch, Opinion

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Homecoming week is the time where all grades come together and show spirit for Spring Lake. For years, Spirit Week was amazing, although underclassmen had to sit out in certain activities.

This year, Spring Lake High School Principal Mr. Gilchrist made a change that was absolutely crazy to us underclassmen. This year we had the ability to participate in many spirit week festivities that were normally reserved for our upperclassmen.

One of the activities that freshmen and sophomores were now able to participate in, was the bellyflop contest. In past years it was only juniors and seniors, while most underclassmen weren’t even allowed to watch.

Freshmen and sophomores each had representatives participate, while we watched them smack the water.

Being a sophomore, I was thrilled to find out we were able to participate more. I think it’s great that underclassmen are involved with school spirit and are able to show we love this school and take pride in being a Laker just as much as all other grades.

Among the sophomore chatters through the halls on color day, I could hear the excitement on being able to decorate our hallways. I couldn’t have been happier to see my grade and the freshmen really get into showing Laker pride.

I think with being able to do the same things as our upperclassmen, we really felt motivated to show our pride knowing we didn’t have the same restrictions as previous years, and were more free to show spirit.

A friend of mine, and fellow sophomore, Emily Pfromm, was one to show her spirit by participating every day, and then some. Pfromm told The Laker Anchor, “It’s awesome that we’re able to decorate our hallways. It actually looks so cool this year.”

Many of the sophomores who I’ve talked to are all in agreement with that.

On Friday, we headed to our pep assembly excited to participate in tug of war, mattress racing, half court shots, and so much more. But the thing that stood out the most to me, and I’m sure, our school as a whole, was when Principal Gilchrist came to the microphone. “I have never seen so much school spirit as I have this year,” Gilchrist announced, while cheers filled the stands.

I doubt we would’ve had as much spirit and support for our school if it wasn’t for our principal and all members of the staff, helping us along the way to show that the underclassmen really do have as much school spirit as the upperclassmen.

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