Spirit Week Culminates with Epic Pep Rally
Author Anthony Lee
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.
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.
The following day, the standard semi-formal uniforms were replaced by pajamas and footies on Pajama Thursday.
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.
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.
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!
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!