Roaring with Wildcat Pride
Allyson Abad ’16
Most of us are familiar with the movie High School Musical. At the end of the movie, all of the students are packed into the gym for THE basketball game, and when the Wildcats win, everyone celebrates. The marching band pumps out the beat, the fans cheer and wave their banners, and the basketball team, cheerleading squad, and drama students break out in dance and sing “We’re All in This Together.” This scene, although from a movie, sums up the general meaning of school spirit in our present-day. We may not be the same Wildcats, but do we display the same pride at SI?
Without a doubt, the answer is yes. When the Bruce Mahoney football game comes around, the entire SI community takes part in the excitement: some students buy their tickets as soon as they go on sale, others struggle to grab a quickly disappearing Bruce shirt, and everyone attends the rally after school. At the game itself, one sees students’ faces painted, chanting players’ names and cheering for every touchdown. This attitude not only applies to the Bruce Mahoney but to practically all of our sports here at school. Whenever a game comes up, there are always fans, both students and parents alike, supporting the athletes in their red and blue gear. School spirit is usually thought of to apply to only sports, but it also describes student involvement in different activities. Whenever a spirit week rolls around, most students put forth their best to be an active participant, whether it is for twin day, Duck Dynasty day, or even salad dressing day. “Some people don’t really care about spirit days and prefer their polos, but I enjoy seeing everyone else pumped to wear their ridiculous outfits,” explains Sien Tam ’15. Rather than feel embarrassed, people put themselves out there with pride.
School spirit encompasses more than sports and spirit days; it involves how we choose to participate and bond with others in our special community. “I’m proud to be an SI Wildcat, and I bet everyone else is too,” declares Rosally Nuñez ’16. For those of you who don’t feel spirited enough, doing simple things, such as buying sweatshirts, participating in sports or clubs, or even reading this newspaper show your commitment and pride for our great school!
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