Spirit Week surprises skeptical editor


Justin Hawkins

Online Chief and senior Cole Alban, dressed as Gumby, reaches for chicken tenders in the cafeteria. Alban wore the costume for all of Class Color Day, including lunch.

Before Spirit Week, I was a bit skeptical about how it would turn out. I heard various complaints about theme choices due to the short week.

With all the stress I had at the time, I was not sure how the festivities would affect my work. However, it turned out to be the best Spirit Week I ever had in my four years here at JC.

Tuesday’s Couch Potato Day went a lot better than I expected. I heard people complaining that Couch Potato Day wouldn’t be any fun. To be honest, I agreed.

People were talking about possibly not even participating in Couch Potato Day and doing a Camouflage Day or America Day instead.

When Tuesday came around, everyone came together and did Couch Potato Day. I was happy that everyone dealt with it and stuck to the original theme. People ended up embracing the day by wearing footy pajamas and making the best of it by thinking creatively.

The administration then gave everyone a dress down day on Wednesday, when PSATs would be taken, for cooperating so well. Even though I wasn’t in school that day, I still thought that the administration was nice to give an extra dress down day.

Class Color Day on Thursday was my favorite day of the week. I loved the class unity and how everyone was the most spirited on Thursday.

The seniors started the day by tailgating in the student parking lot before school. It was a lot of fun, and the seniors pitched in and brought food.

I was grateful that the administration worked with us to make it happen. I don’t know about every teacher, but my first mod teacher did not mind that I came in late.

The Powderpuff game was also a ton of fun, and it was my favorite part of the day. I felt like the competition between the seniors and juniors was friendly, and there wasn’t any real animosity between the two classes.

Black and Gold Day on Friday went well too. The Athletic Leadership Group did a great job organizing and running the pep rally.

Having all teams walk out and stand in the center of the gym was a nice touch. The class competitions were fun to watch and the sibling competition was a good idea as well.

Although there was a bit of competition between the seniors and juniors, the pep rally promoted school unity more than anything else, which was the purpose of the day.

There are some things that could be improved for Spirit Week next year. I know a good amount of people were upset about having Couch Potato Day as a theme. Sending out the Spirit Day survey earlier could help.

Students should be able to pick the three days by voting on them in a hierarchical fashion.

As far as the scheduling goes, Spirit Week would definitely be more fun if we had had a full five days. I know this isn’t always possible with the schedule, but I think that the more spirit days we have, the better.

Even though I was skeptical about Spirit Week this year, it was definitely the best one I had at JC.

Cole Alban is the Online Chief for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.