Winter spirit at Wilsonville High School
Who says high school kids can't get into the holiday spirit?
Recently, at Wilsonville High School, the Wilsonville ASB —leadership students — put together several events and spirit days to bring some holiday cheer to the school. They do something like this most years, but this year they really went all out, with the school decorated to accompany the winter theme of the spirit days. I think the decorations and spirit made the overall vibe of the school feel a lot more positive in the weeks leading up to our two-week break.
To get us into the winter spirit, many students came in during the end of Thanksgiving break to have the school decorated by the time everyone else returned. I walked in after Thanksgiving break to a very cheery atmosphere — green and red tinsel lining the hallways with an inflatable snowman as the centerpiece in the commons and snowflakes cascading down the walls of the Pointe, where many students eat.
Classrooms decorated their doors, some in a holiday theme, and some in a way related to the class. For example, my AP composition class decorated our door like the book we've been reading, "The Scarlet Letter." We drew the letter "A" that the book is centered upon and added some old-fashioned buildings. (Hey, even if it's not as festive as some of the doors, the letter was "scarlet" after all).
There were also winter-themed dress-up days. One was a snow gear day, where students wore ski coats, beanies and snow pants. Another was a lumberjack day, where many students wore flannels and ripped jeans. There was even an ugly holiday sweater day and there were some crazy outfits that you can only find at Goodwill, probably. Everyone always loves pajama day, where students dressed comfortably for the last day of school before the long break. More people participated in the dress-up days than I would've thought and it added to the holiday atmosphere that the building had taken on.
And the final thing ASB did were the lunchtime events. They've done these every winter I've been at WHS and I've always enjoyed them because it gives students something fun to do together during lunch. Usually, many students go off campus for lunch, so it's a nice change of pace to have people gathered in the school. The events included things like a fashion show and a pie-eating contest. It made the lunches of the week before break very fun.
I definitely appreciated the effort from ASB and I hope we continue this tradition for years to come at WHS. It's one of the things that makes our high school so fun. Students will totally get into whatever is going on, whether it's a football game or an ugly sweater day.
The holiday spirit was alive among students and it made school a much more enjoyable place. It got everyone excited for the break and holidays. It was a good time to be at WHS.
Tate Ericson is a junior at Wilsonville High School.