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The Minds Behind Spirit Week

Spirit Week is a tradition that allows students and teachers to have fun and get creative, but also requires well-thought out planning and problem-solving from Student Council.

“We get Spirit Week ready about two to three weeks in advance just so we know what we’re doing so we can make posters for it and advertise and put out announcements,” said Senior Class President Tanner Vaughn.  

The process for Spirit Week can be a long and tedious one. According to Junior Class President Vivien Tran, StuCo members have to deal with their disagreements before they can come to any final decisions.

“It’s kind of hard to decide which one we really, really want versus which one we really think that people would want to do,” said Tran. “Rather than it just being what StuCo or you yourself want to do.”

The committee faced other challenges such as their sponsor and teacher, Rodger Griffin, being absent. With the dance so close and supplies still needed to make the night a success, these students couldn’t waste any time.  

“Since he was sick for part of the week, so we couldn’t plan a lot of things without him,” Senior Class Representative Grant Davis said. “Either we ordered it ourselves by talking to the financial lady or we just emailed Griffin and asked him to order it.”

One very real problem that StuCo always faces when planning Spirit Week is the overall lack of school participation. Many members believe that the student body could show more school pride during Spirit Week.

“We always expect spirit day to have more people involved, but it’s been the same every time we have a Spirit Week,” said Junior Class Representative Emilia Gordivas.


Spirit Week and themed dances mean more than just dressing up. It’s also a matter of what students and teachers can take away from the experience.

“The importance of Spirit Week is just having some fun in school and showing spirit,” said sophomore Anagessica Gurroa.