Sprit Week Is Coming

On the final day of last year’s Spirit Week, students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium for a Pep Rally. Senior Riley Rappaport (above) decided to represent his team’s spirit and keep the crowd alive. “I wanted to paint my body purple to make memories,” he said. “I had fun doing that because it made the competition that much more competitive.”

On the final day of last year’s Spirit Week, students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium for a Pep Rally. Senior Riley Rappaport (above) decided to represent his team’s spirit and keep the crowd alive. “I wanted to paint my body purple to make memories,” he said. “I had fun doing that because it made the competition that much more competitive.”

Students Demonstrate School Spirit in Annual Event

By Marilyn Kelly

Bring out the colored hair dye and face paint because Spirit Week will begin on Monday, April 20.

For many Frank McCourt students, Spirit Week means that it’s time for celebration and daring ideas that are usually frowned upon, like body painting and frenzied shouting.

The weeklong event will allow FMHS students to express themselves and come together as a small, yet whole community.

Junior Representative Cristina Guzman Moumtzis said that Student Government is actively trying to raise participation this year by choosing themes for each day that were the most popular in previous years.

“We are also trying to sell the spirit tees so that everyone feels united,” she said. “This way when Spirit Week comes around, students can already feel pumped about it and participate more.”

Just like Wellness Week, students and staff are divided into teams—red, blue, green, purple—and then into advisories.

Senior Representative Stella Berfas said Student Government decided to dedicate a week to the event “because it is a way to celebrate all the work we have done throughout the year.”

On the last day of the celebratory week, students will take time off from their classes to participate in a pep rally in the gymnasium, where a faceoff between teams happens while playing volleyball.

Guzman said that everyone is welcome to participate, acknowledging that those who are new to Spirit Week may feel shy about joining in the festivities.

Students who don’t want to dress up can get involved by bringing in clothes for others, paint found at home, or even thinking of a catchy chant.

As a part of last year’s Red Team, Berfas recalls the winning team’s chant: “We’re the heat, we can’t be beat!”

Many students today remain committed to last year’s teams. Sophomore James Payne has been anticipating the arrival of this week. “I am going to do everything that it takes to win,” he said.

Student government representative and enthusiastic sophomore Austin Garcia thinks that people should start preparing right away.

“Hope you guys have a nice pair of pajamas to wear and like to show spirit with color,” he exclaimed, “because this year, it’s gonna be awesome.”