Spirit Week Culminates with Epic Pep Rally

Spirit Week Culminates with Epic Pep Rally

Author Anthony Lee

  The Class of 2020 poses for a picture with the 2017 DIAA Sportsmanship Award. Photo from Yearbook Club.

The Class of 2020 poses for a picture with the 2017 DIAA Sportsmanship Award. Photo from Yearbook Club.

As the bell rung on Monday, October 16, 2017, students at the Charter School of Wilmington streamed through the hallways, hurriedly reporting to homeroom on time. Except today, the usual sea of standard uniform colors was replaced with an expanse of brilliant reds, whites, and blue. Spirit Week, a Charter tradition where students dress down to certain themes during Homecoming week, had begun!

The week began with America Monday, in which students dressed up to the colors on the American flag. The participation from the Charter community was enthusiastic, even for a Monday, and only grew as Spirit Week progressed.

On Tuesday, the Charter School of Wilmington community embraced tropical fever and dressed up in leis and Hawaiian shirts for Tropical Tuesday. Although few students had concerns about lacking tropical attire, the day was nevertheless a success.

  From left to right: Sophomores Morgan Balan, Katie Ford, and Isabel Lugar and juniors Patrick Hogan, Rishabh Sud, Anudeep Chennuri, and Ishan Kasat rock their tropical outfits. Photo from Yearbook Club.

From left to right: Sophomores Morgan Balan, Katie Ford, and Isabel Lugar and juniors Patrick Hogan, Rishabh Sud, Anudeep Chennuri, and Ishan Kasat rock their tropical outfits. Photo from Yearbook Club.

A friendly battle ensued on Wednesday with each grade trying to outdo each other’s class spirit in Color Wars. Each grade had a specific color to wear and fought to win first place by having the highest percentage of participants. Freshmen wore yellow, sophomores bled red, juniors sported white, and seniors donned blue. Similarly, teachers dressed to support the grades of their liking, making it a fun experience for the entire community.

  From left to right: Few freshmen and the Jefferson Council sophomores smile for the camera while wearing their respective grade colors. Photo from Yearbook Club.

From left to right: Few freshmen and the Jefferson Council sophomores smile for the camera while wearing their respective grade colors. Photo from Yearbook Club.

  From left to right: Juniors Steven Boyles, Christian Caceres, and Christian Valdes and a group of seniors support their grades’ efforts. Photo from Yearbook Club.

From left to right: Juniors Steven Boyles, Christian Caceres, and Christian Valdes and a group of seniors support their grades’ efforts. Photo from Yearbook Club.

The following day, the standard semi-formal uniforms were replaced by pajamas and footies on Pajama Thursday.

  From left to right: Juniors Andrew Furman and Max Ufberg along with Mr. Anderson and some more juniors pose in their pajamas. Photo from Yearbook Club.

From left to right: Juniors Andrew Furman and Max Ufberg along with Mr. Anderson and some more juniors pose in their pajamas. Photo from Yearbook Club.

Finally, Friday arrived, and Pep Rally began! The Student Government had planned a memorable program to engage the entire school; some of the most notable events were a relay race among the teachers, Family Feud between the teachers and the Student Government — with Mr. Anderson as Steve Harvey — and a tug of war between the grades. Each grade’s eagerness to win was electric, and the favorites for the Pep Rally were (obviously) the seniors.

  Ms. Degnan and Mr. Robinson surge ahead of Ms. Voltz and Ms. Vega in the teacher relay. Photo from Yearbook Club.

Ms. Degnan and Mr. Robinson surge ahead of Ms. Voltz and Ms. Vega in the teacher relay. Photo from Yearbook Club.

  Mr. Anderson, as Steve Harvey, gives high-fives to the teachers during Family Feud. Photo from Yearbook Club.

Mr. Anderson, as Steve Harvey, gives high-fives to the teachers during Family Feud. Photo from Yearbook Club.

  The seniors urge Jimmy Rich and his fellow seniors to pull harder in the tug-of-war contest. Photo from Yearbook Club.

The seniors urge Jimmy Rich and his fellow seniors to pull harder in the tug-of-war contest. Photo from Yearbook Club.

In a sudden turn of events, the junior class made a surprising comeback. Although they had experienced setbacks (and gibes) in the past, this year the juniors dedicated themselves to the difficult task of beating the seniors — with unanticipated results. The juniors began their streak by winning the first game of the day, Hungry Hippos, and solidified it by overpowering the seniors in Jeopardy.

  From left to right: Juniors Connor Carp and Ishan Kasat raced to hit the buzzer before seniors Shiv Patel and Ben Snyder in Jeopardy. Photo from Yearbook Club.

From left to right: Juniors Connor Carp and Ishan Kasat raced to hit the buzzer before seniors Shiv Patel and Ben Snyder in Jeopardy. Photo from Yearbook Club.

At the end of the Pep Rally, Student Body President Sid Gangrade announced the standings to the bated breath of the entire school. “In fourth place: the freshman. In third place: the sophomores,” he declared. Finally, he turned toward the juniors and seniors and paused, looking back and forth between the stands. “In second place,” he announced, pausing for effect, “The seniors.” Immediately, the bleachers erupted together in ecstasy. The juniors had won!

  The Class of 2019 make some noise for Stover’s Loud-O-Meter before their memorable win. Photo from Yearbook Club.

The Class of 2019 make some noise for Stover’s Loud-O-Meter before their memorable win. Photo from Yearbook Club.

Regardless of who won the Pep Rally, Spirit Week was an enjoyable experience for the entire Charter School of Wilmington. It was a week to relax, bond, and for the students, enjoy their teenager years. It was a truly unforgettable, unparalleled week — that is, until next year!

Quotes about Pep Rally: 

Spirit week was a great experience that was fun everyday! — Udeerna Tippabhatla

Pep Rally is really fun because it's a day when you can just have a lot of fun with all of your friends in your grade. — Daniel Park

The competitions were really fun! Also the quick-quips at the teachers were pretty humorous. — James Delinois

Seeing my class win a lot of stuff was nice. — Will Cross

For the Juniors, it was finally a moment where we realized that we could overcome our previous barriers. This year, we put all of our preconceived notions behind, built an amazing hallway, and had a blast at the pep rally. I think we all proved ourselves wrong, and I am really proud of my classmates in that regard. The class of 2019 finally got something done! — Connor Carp

Despite the fact that many of the seniors were disappointed after Pep Rally, all it took to bring us together as a class was a reminder of how fun the whole process was and the journey that we've been through — together. — Lucy Zuo

Hype. — Srish Chenna.

And just like that, it's over. — Lucy Zuo

Special thanks to the following clubs for making this article possible: Yearbook for their wonderful pictures!

  Last year’s Yearbook picture. Photo from Yearbook Club.

Last year’s Yearbook picture. Photo from Yearbook Club.

  2017 Student Government picture. Photo from Student Government.

2017 Student Government picture. Photo from Student Government.

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