Spirit Week Was a Success
By DEVIKA RAJEEV
This year’s fall Spirit Week and Homecoming were nice and early, and very spirited.
On Monday, Jericho students wore their most comfortable pajamas and some even brought in their favorite stuffed animals. Sophomore Lauren G. said, “I love being able to wear my pajamas without getting judged. I’m so comfortable all day.” The next day, students showed off their school pride by wearing their team jerseys while others wore professional sports team apparel. Wednesday was most definitely the wackiest day of all; Jericho students displayed various neon outfits and rocked some crazy styles. On Thursday, the theme was white shirts with blue jeans. Not only did students and staff participate in the fun, but many parents followed with the same outfit on Back to School Night later that evening. The week concluded with Jericho Day as the entire school decked out in blue and gold, buzzing in pride and excitement. Students attended shortened periods on Friday, ending the day with an entrance into the Sam Springer Gym for the Pep Rally.
Streamers covered the walls, blue and yellow balloons floated around, and the gym echoed with cheers as Jericho varsity sports teams lined up on the sides ready for the events to begin. The national anthem was sung by the a cappella group NoteWorthy, and was followed by a Jayettes dance performance. Jericho Student Council co-presidents Kasha B. and Chase S. put together a series of competitions for the Homecoming Court as well as the varsity sports teams. The highlight of the whole day was the first ever faculty pie eating contest. Participants included Dr. DeMarinis, Mr. Demetres, Mr. Mankowich, Dr. Hartnett, and Ms. Flockhart. After five minutes of neck-to-neck competition, Mr. Mankowich was named the champion.
The festivities continued on Saturday at the carnival and sports games. Regardless of the football team’s loss, spirit was high. Halftime ceremonies included another performance from the Jayettes, and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen to Cameron L. and Jordyn M., respectively. When asked about her feelings on being named Homecoming Queen, Jordyn M. said, “I felt very star struck. I actually didn’t think I was even going to be nominated.” Meanwhile, the Homecoming carnival swirled with smells of fried Oreos, funnel cake, and cheese fries. Despite carnival events that somewhat marred the vibes, this year’s Spirit Week and Homecoming will remain memorable for many positive reasons.