The Student Government Association (SGA) spent their last few weeks of school not relaxing but putting together one last spirit week, this time dedicated to seniors.
“The inspiration for this week was really to bring everyone out of the end of year slump that many of us seemed to be in,” organizer and SGA President Emily Miranda said.
Senior Spirit Week, as the project was called, spanned over five days during the last full week of school for seniors. Beginning May 14 with “Vine Day,” students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite six-second comedic Vine videos from the now-discontinued video-hosting service.
“I dressed up as the ‘Road Work Ahead’ sign Vine because I think it’s so funny, and every time I see it I say it and laugh,” senior Thomas Emoff said. “People loved it; they got it right away. I just wish it had been open to all memes and not just Vines.”
Tuesday was dubbed “Walking Yearbook,” as students could be seen walking around campus in plain white T-shirts or hats, Sharpie pen in hand to sign the clothes of other students. Yearbooks will not be distributed until the week of May 21. This day gave the Class of 2018 the opportunity to write messages to their friends and classmates before their departure.
“Senior dress up week is our last hoorah school spirit-wise, so I wanted to take advantage of it and go all out.”
Seniors took their title to heart on Wednesday, as several students arrived on campus dressed up as senior citizens, complete with canes, gray wigs and nightgowns. Senior Joania Hernandez participated in the day and said taking part in the spirit weekdays was a worthy endeavor.
“Senior dress up week is our last hoorah school spirit-wise, so I wanted to take advantage of it and go all out,” Hernandez said.
College gear and career-related costumes filled the halls on Thursday, with the day’s “Dreams Come True” theme asking seniors to dress up as either their future occupation or their future college.
On Friday, students of all grades had the opportunity to take part in Senior Spirit Week. Miranda, along with SGA, took to Twitter to motivate students to wear their CCHS attire, including their class shirts or senior sweats.
“We were able to incorporate all of the classes on Friday so the underclassmen [could] bond with the [seniors] as we say our goodbyes and they move up,” Miranda said.
“Spirit week always brings the excitement back into school.”
SGA organized the details of the spirit week after several class periods of discussion and debate. After solidifying the themes of each day, the team met up with administration in order to have them approved for student participation.
Miranda pointed out that after the recent tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and around the world, “[It’s] been hard to look forward to coming to school, so everything that we can [do] to help bring some joy back into the students, we always try to do.”
This year’s Senior Spirit Week was the first in many years, as the practice had previously been abandoned. However, SGA was determined to pursue the senior send-off week and organize it for the outgoing Class of 2018.
“Spirit week always brings the excitement back into school and helps us look forward to waking up and seeing how our friends decided to dress up for the theme that day,” Miranda said.
Photo by Ben Milgram