Spirit week at GlenOak

By Drake Hisrich — Most of the time when you see people dressed as Cowboys, Ancient Greeks and Hawaiian Islanders, you would be at Walt Disney World or trick-or-treating on Halloween night. It just so happens that these strange costumes were worn in the high school during the school’s “Spirit Week”,leading up to the Homecoming festivities, which took place on Oct. 3.

Student Council devised a Spirit Week for the students based on the eccentric and tasteful flavors of the most common salad dressings. The themes for the week were “Ranch” Dressing Monday, “Caesar” Salad Tuesday, “Classical Vinaigrette” Wednesday, “Thousand Island” Thursday, and “House Dressing” Friday. All of these unique themes were incorporated into the diverse high school culture by wearing cowboy flannels, bedsheet togas, suits and dresses, hawaiian floral, and green and gold apparel.

The spirit at the school is not quite some students had hoped, but Spirit Week was used as a springboard to the school spirit. This spirit week has a much different atmosphere than spirit weeks in previous years because this year the theme was for the entire week instead of just a separate theme for each day. This week the theme revolved completely around the “Salad Dressing” theme which kept the themes more organized and inspired more students to dress up. The President of Student Council, Senior Maria Vonortas, was one of the creators of this interesting and distinctive themed week.

“We tried to go outside the box on the themes this year and when we found the idea for the Salad Dressing Week online we just felt it fit perfectly,” Vonortas said.

The new themes create excitement throughout the whole school as it appeared that spirit week had more participants this year than the previous years.

“There was a huge increase in participation from last year and I think all that comes back to the new themes,” Vonortas said.

Another possibility for the increase in school spirit during the week was because of the increase in awareness for the themes throughout the week. The themes were dispersed throughout the student body during the school week on social media sites Twitter and Instagram, on posters spread throughout the high school, and on the daily announcements at the end of every school day.

“We made it a priority this year to really spread awareness of Spirit Week this year, because if students don’t know the theme then they can’t participate,” Vonortas said.

The themes overall were well with the exception of Friday, due to the mass confusion of the theme for the school day and that night at a home game against St Vincent-St Mary.

“The theme for the game switched from Hawaiian to Green out to Black out all in a matter of two days. It was a little bit overwhelming,” sophomore cheerleader Payton Fox said.

The most popular theme amongst the students were the Ancient Greek Toga day and the Tropical Hawaiian day. These were the first year for both of these themes which is likely why they were so intriguing to the students.

“The toga day was so popular because it was an out of the norm way to dress for a school day,” Fox said.

This year’s student body represented the school’s spirit much better than the previous years during spirit week. The school had nearly twice as many as the 2014 showing of spirit week according to Freshman Spainish Teacher Terra Cerrazuela.

“This year’s Spirit Week was much more popular and I think it is because of the sophomore class ability to lead and inspire more of the freshmen to get involved,” Cerrezuela said.

The Class of 2018 has two more years left of Spirit Week so the popularity of this week will likely continue to grow and develop in the coming years. Although Spirit Week has much room for growth and improvement, this year was a great kickstart to a week of ever growing popularity at this High School.

[Updated Aug. 12, 2017: This article has been reformatted for consistency.]