The execution of Spirit Week received mixed reviews among students.
Every fall, Boys’ Latin’s school spirit culminates in the BL vs. Saint Paul’s game. While the event is always excitingly awaited, this year both the class government and the administration offered something completely new in order to heighten school spirit: Spirit Week.
Spirit Week occurred from Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14, and though it was truly three days, as Monday was a dress down day, and Wednesday offered a guest speaker, students had both praises and criticisms to say about the event.
Tuesday, the first official day of Spirit Week, entailed the Halloween Assembly, an event which gave students the ability to display their costumes. Costumes ranged from comedic, to scary, and even to socially introspective.
In addition to the Halloween Assembly, the day also featured the sophomore Pie Face Fundraiser, which seemed like an area of disappointment for most students. Everyone wanted to see their friends, favorite teachers, and especially administrators smacked in the face with a pie, yet some felt that the poor presentation detracted from the experience. Senior Josh Blibaum stated, “I was disappointed at the pie fundraiser. I thought the presentation of the event could have been better.”
Wednesday offered a break from the spirit-based festivities and took a more serious approach in featuring professional speaker Chris Herren. While the theme of Herren’s speech did not align with the lighthearted attitude of Spirit Week, the act of the school community sitting to hear such a powerful message was beneficial and spun the implications of BL’s core values into a new light.
Spirit Week festivities resumed on Thursday with Twin Day. Freshmen were paired with sophomores, and juniors were paired with seniors on the basis of dressing alike. This, by far, appeared to be the most original idea of the week in the eyes of students, as expressed by Aidan McNulty, who claimed to have had the most fun here since it was something new.
Finally, Friday was the culmination of the entire week: the BL vs. Saint Paul’s football game pep rally. The lower, middle, and upper schools grouped in the Gelston Athletic Center to establish school spirit, cheer on the football team, and pay respect to fall athletes. Excitement roared across the entire room, especially among the younger students, who were extremely excited to be in the midst of the upper schoolers.
However, in spite of the pep rally’s role as a staple in the BL community, students have grown tired of the event’s repetitiveness. Sophomore Joey Lorenz declared, “I was disappointed in the lack of creativity, especially in how they’ve done the same thing every year with respect to the skit.”
On the surface, the week appeared a success; students obtained the ability to dress down, support one another, and the entire school convened multiple times for positive reasons.
However, on another level, the week was revealing in the upper school’s student body’s looming discontent in the vision of the administration: one present, yet not directly addressed. In a survey asking students to rate spirit from one to five, with one corresponding with an utter disappointment and five reflecting an absolute success, 70 of the 204 responses were a one, which had the highest frequency of all responses indicated.
This directly contrasted the view of the administration, as Assistant Head of The Upper School Mr. Howard stated, “that the guys who planned and worked on Spirit Week set a good example for the future, and the guys next year will strive to emulate that.”
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