Spirit week, one of the most beloved weeks of the school year, took place this past week. The week is a time-honored tradition at Wilson, bringing the school community together before the homecoming football game.
This year’s spirit week began last Tuesday, October 20, with Twin Day. Students picked a friend to twin with and dressed up as similarly as they could. The outfits ranged from similar casual outfits, to the crew team’s identical uniforms. During STEP, those who were exceptionally dressed were able to show off their matching outfits in a fashion show held in the atrium.
The following day’s theme was DC Day. Students were encouraged to wear all of their DC-related gear, including shirts, jerseys, and flags. Its purpose was to show off the pride that the student body bears for our beloved city. It was topped off by a spirit week highlight: the junior vs. senior Powderpuff game. This year’s game was a close one, but the class of 2017 dominated with a final score of 28-21. There were around 200 participants from both grade levels as either players or coaches.
Thursday was Decades Day, so students got to sport their most groovy outfits from the past decades. The annual Homecoming Talent Show was held before lunch. There were many acts ranging in skill level and type of talent, from stand up comedy to lyrical dance. During STEP, there was a dance party in the atrium set to music from past decades, where students shook off their excitement.
Friday was the final and most awaited day of all: Class Color Day, accompanied by the epic Wilson Pep Rally. Freshmen wore green, sophomores orange, juniors white, and seniors black. Many students donned their specific class shirt in honor of the day. During STEP, the art department organized face painting, with designs ranging from simple tiger paws to elaborate tiger faces. Near the end of the day, the entire school gathered in the main gym to participate in what is most students’ favorite spirit week event: the Pep Rally. Every year it has been characterized by a rivalry between the senior and junior classes, and this year was no different. Each grade level cheered for their own class, but also attacked other grades. The pep rally included a performance by the choir, the reinvented Kelly Kittens, the cheerleaders, and the modeling team, among other student groups.
“Spirit week went really well,” said junior Allie Schwalb, a member of the student government. “[There] was a lot of participation from all grades.”
PHOTO BY CARL STEWART