Charter Students Show Their Colors for School Spirit Week
By Ben Snyder
Teenagers outfitted in elaborate red, white, and blue costumes parade around the hallways to the national anthem. This energetic scene greeted students at the Charter School of Wilmington on Monday, October 10 as part of a common school ritual known as Spirit Week. Spirit Week, the week before homecoming, provides an opportunity for students to enjoy themselves with dress down themes and reduced workload. Ninth grader Tristan Tronto shared his impression of the festivities; “It was lit.”
America Day, where students dress up in patriotic colors, kicked off the week. A poll found America Day the hands down favorite of the week’s three events, and the enthusiasm was evident.
Color Wars took place on Tuesday. Students in each grade were assigned a color to wear and competed to have the most participants. The winning seniors dressed in blue, the second place freshmen wore yellow, the third place sophomores had red, and the last place juniors were assigned white. Of the three days, this was the least popular by a handful of votes.
Students did not have school Wednesday, so the events continued with Throwback Thursday meaning that students dressed up as characters from the past. Carter Winslow, twelfth grade, remembered a student dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Connor Carp, tenth grade, described the craziest outfit he saw; “He was like Jesus, I think.”
Freshman Andrew Avila summed up the experience as “a lot of hype, a lot of dabs” and sophomore Jackson Parsells rated the excitement as “9.78/10.” Others were less passionate. Junior Grady McPeak said the week felt less spirited due, in part, to the midweek break. Joe Hackman, another Junior, said that the week “felt reasonably spirited” noting more energy from the Junior class.
Students enjoyed the excitement and competition of the week, but popular opinion suggested one outstanding revision. Andrew Martin, tenth grade, explained “Twin Day was the best, we need to bring it back.” Kate Long, senior; Haley Jordan, junior; Kate Brock, junior; and Peyton McPeak, sophomore, agreed. The competition and fun of Spirit Week brought a welcome respite from Charter’s busy norm.