Winter spirit week brings around customary and new PHS traditions

To usher in the winter sports season, PHS held the annual winter spirit week. From December 11th through 15th, both students and teachers dressed according to the a different theme each day. Monday was Get Up and Go Day, where students were wore their pajamas to school. On Tuesday, Twin/Duo day, students dressed in partners as twins or iconic duos. Wednesday was Meme themed where students made costume based on popular internet trends/photo., Students dressed up in either flannel or camo on Thursday, and Friday was the traditional Black and Gold Day.

Each year, Poolesville SGA votes on different themes to incorporate into the spirit week. This winter featured classic themes like Get Up and Go Day and Black and Gold Day, but the rest of the days were new to PHS.

“One of our rather controversial spirit days was meme day,” says SGA President Na Hye Kim explained. “It was introduced many times before, but it was voted down; there were people skeptical about it being school friendly, but it ended up having a great response!”

Although a new addition to spirit week, Meme Day, along with Twin/Duo Day and Flannel vs. Camo Day proved to be a success, with the hallways flooded with viral memes, dynamic duos, flannels and camouflage gear.
The indoor pep rally on Friday tied together all the festivities of spirit week. Two pep rallies were held in the main gym, one for upperclassmen and one for underclassmen; the energy and excitement was felt during both. Each pep rally featured performances from the chorus, the dance team, the varsity cheerleaders and the varsity poms. Throughout the pep rally, the varsity captains of girls and boys basketball, indoor track, wrestling, and swim and dive were introduced and announced upcoming games and meets. The pep rally featured performances from the chorus, the dance team, the varsity cheerleaders and the varsity poms.

“I love performing at the pep rallies because we get to show off all our hard work!” exclaimed varsity cheerleader and senior Anna Morrison. “Being in the gym with all that exciting energy and hearing the crowd cheer when we hit our stunts is so rewarding and makes all the time we put in worth it!”
Besides bringing a variety of outfits to the halls of PHS, what exactly does spirit week do for Poolesville? “It builds up Falcon pride and helps new students familiarize themselves with the Poolesville student environment.” explains Kim.

The week came to a close with boy’s and girl’s varsity basketball games at Walter Johnson High School, and boy’s and girl’s junior varsity games at home. Although the boy’s were unable to defeat their competition, the girl’s varsity and junior varsity teams ended the week with a win for the Falcons.