Welcome Back Spirit Week!

ELHS needs YOUR enthusiasm and participation for this year’s Spirit Week as a return to normalcy for EL traditions

EVE SLEMP

Seniors from the Class of 2021 posing on maroon and white day

It’s back, baby!

One of the most anticipated weeks has finally arrived, and this time, with just as much thrill as 2019.

Just like in the years before 2020, themed days, commons decorating, a pep rally, and Homecoming dance will return to ELHS.

“Being a freshman, it was incredible to walk into the pep rally and see the seas of yellow, green, and red fill the bleachers and the blue swarm into the gym,” full senate president Spencer Iannantuono said. “Walking into the school on commons decorating was like being in a different world, as student crowded around the outstanding sets made by the senates.”

With COVID-19, Spirit Week 2020 was altered due to safety concerns, such as cohorted themed days of the week, a recorded pep rally and competitions, and no Homecoming.

“I think it was great we were able to do Spirit Week last year despite the pandemic, but it was difficult to feel the excitement and unity as I was expecting from hearing about previous years. As a sophomore, I haven’t experienced a real Spirit Week yet.”

Sidhaarth Bulusu, Sophomore President

This year, senate members strive to bring Spirit Week back to its full level of excitement as prior years. Though, with this being the freshmen and sophomores’ first year for Spirit Week, only half the school experienced an authentic week in the past.

“The upperclassmen are the role models on how the younger students will participate. This has been a huge outpouring of support, so I assume they all will get on board,” full senate advisor Stephanie Jenkins said.

Everything this year will be as close to normal as possible. There are only two major changes: there will only be one pep-rally on the turf, and Homecoming will be half outside by the lunch tables and half inside in the commons.

“I expect some serious competition throughout the grades, because there won’t be any for us,” Iannantuono said. Senate members are ecstatic to bring back the rivalry and traditions of Spirit Week.

“Finally, we are united as a school to participate in Spirit Week together. I think this is a huge leap for normalcy in East Lyme traditions,” Ms. Jenkins said.

With that, East Lyme, put on your maroon and white and show your spirit next week for 2021.

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