Katherine Hensley, Charleston Catholic High School
Charleston Catholic seniors (from left) Drew Cable, Jay Dobbins, Andy Hoyer, Rocco Wilcox and Matthew James go back to the '60s on Decade Day.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With October here, so is the most important time of the football season: homecoming. When thinking of homecoming, many people think of the big game or the attendants on the homecoming court and the lucky girl who will be crowned queen. There's another part of homecoming, though, and it causes mixed feelings: spirit week.When asked what first came to mind when thinking about spirit week, Poca senior Morgan Vannoy said, "When I think of spirit week, the first thing that comes to mind is the student body in flannel and cowboy boots."It seems that every year, the only day everyone participates in is cowboy and Indian day," she explained."Spirit week doesn't pep up the students because you only have a select few students who go all out for the occasion. Most teachers and students don't participate, and the assemblies are short and dull."Freshman John Butcher also doesn't find spirit week very entertaining. "Not only are the costumes stupid, but the assemblies make me exhausted. At least in middle school, that's how I felt."
Vannoy's friend, Rachel Peaytt, disagrees. She believes spirit week is a fun way to pump up students."I feel like the crazy dress up ideas keep students constantly reminded about how the game is going to be Friday!" the senior said. "I feel pepped up from spirit week."When asked what days they'd like to have this year for spirit week, the teens had a variety of ideas. Butcher wanted a sports themed day. Vannoy liked the idea of a historical reference themed day. Peaytt's favorite day is pajama day, which she would love to see brought back.Their opinions were mixed on the effort they felt the school put into spirit week.Butcher, for one, felt his middle school did a bad job. "The days sounded like something that a preschooler would have created. I'm hoping my middle school experience will be something that doesn't match up to my high school one." "It's declined in the past few years," admitted Peyatt, a student council member. "But this year, seniors on the student council are trying best to revive the spirit!"