by JoHannah Ruff
When you think of school spirit, what comes to mind? Do you think of face paint, bandanas, and tutus? Do you think of a mascot? Whatever you think of when you hear school spirit, it’s an important part of our school or any school and is greatly appreciated by student athletes and coaches. Going to a sporting event in our community and cheering our team on is definitely noticed by the athletes and the entire school!
School spirit is a positive attitude for students and teachers to have about events that occur in their school. There are many ways that students and teachers can become involved while supporting these events, other than just showing up. Students can go all out in their school colors by using body/face paint, tutus and bandanas that represent pride for our school colors. Sometimes students even use even morph suits. For the Erie-Panther homecoming football game, one of Erie’s students, Ryan Osborne, dressed in a panther mascot suit and paired it with a black morph suit! Apparel like this is a great representation of school spirit!
Earlier this year a poll was conducted, asking high school students if they generally prefer to cheer on volleyball, football, or basketball. There was a total of 46 votes: 22% chose volleyball, 43% chose football, and 35% chose basketball. Regardless, all of our Cardinal and Panther sports are loved by many
One of the most impactful sources of school spirit from students is the Rage in the Cage, or “Rage” for short. There is an interesting history behind the Rage. It was founded by one of Erie’s own staff members, Mr. Brad Storm. He had the idea in high school, and it has expanded since. Our students love being a part of the Rage, and they all actively participate! The Rage is a huge part of our school, and it gives a lot of personality to our student body while still showcasing student individuality. I spoke with an active Rage member, Caden Swift (EHS Senior), and asked if he sees himself as a role model for underclassmen to have more school spirit. Swift replied: “Yes. As being Rage leader for football games and volleyball games, I feel like I set the tone… I’m sure it will be a lot different next year if we co-op, but it should encourage more kids to come out and cheer!”. And he is right, if we do end up joining all sports with Prophetstown, our student and faculty should feel more encouraged to participate in showing school spirit more often!
School spirit is something that our school shows greatly, and we can’t wait to see how it continues
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