Spirit Week: A Time to Unite Rather than Compete

Is the ELHS student body becoming too competitive with one another?

Opinion of Hannah Gellar

 It’s that time of year again, where students flood Party City for colorful tutus, each class senate strategizes a discrete plan in order to claim victory, and the energy and enthusiasm is certainly at a high as students plan their scene for the commons decorating. With all the hype around buying the perfect Spirit Week attire to crush the freshmen, it is safe to evaluate and reflect if we are truly missing the purpose of Spirit Week. It’s that time of year again, where students flood Party City for colorful tutus, each class senate strategies a discrete plan in order to claim victory, and the energy and enthusiasm is certainly at a high as students plan their scene for the commons decorating. With all the hype around buying the perfect Spirit Week attire to crush the freshmen, it is safe to evaluate and reflect if we are truly missing the purpose of Spirit Week.

It is no secret that there have been past issues during Spirit Week regarding proper behavior and students taking things to the extreme. There is no doubt that some changes we are faced with this year are due to past classes, but that does not mean these Spirit Week changes should be taken as a punishment or another reason to rebel.

I realize that there have been ideas discussed for the senior class about alternative ways to dress up during the maroon and white prep rally on Friday. Although Spirit Week has always been a time to defeat the freshmen and show the school the power behind the senior class, rebelling against this year’s Spirit Week changes will only hurt the future classes, as the previous classes have done to us.

Due to the recent changes, there will be two prep rallies during this week. Thursday will consist of the color wars between classes, where each class can come together in unity, wearing yellow, green, red and blue, fighting to be Spirit Week champions and Friday will be maroon and white for the entire student body and faculty.  Being a senior and having three years of experience, it has come to my attention that our school may be losing grip of the true meaning behind this week. Don’t get me wrong, I too love the competitiveness behind this week, however it is time for our school to come together, rather than be torn apart, and that is why we need to give the Friday prep rally a chance.

It is time for this Spirit Week to create a positive atmosphere throughout the halls of ELHS. This year on Friday, instead of going into the assembly expecting it to be awful, give this change a chance to show your appreciation for the town of East Lyme. A school where we flood the bleachers for volleyball and football games, a place where all different groups and cultures are accepted, and a town home to a phenomenal Blue Ribbon School full of committed and loving teachers.

Granted, at first this change can seem unfair and the non-typical way to end this competitive week, but is time for our school and students in general to stop fighting to be number one amongst classmates. Whether it is who has the higher GPA, SAT and ACT score, to who gets more playing time on varsity or who has the hotter date, our community is in need of a day where we take a step back and unite, instead of compete against each other. This prep rally can be a small spark to unite our school as one, so let’s give it a chance.

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