by Claire Brennan
For those who say the WHS student section could use some more school spirit: Devil-horned help has arrived. Although the spirit of the Blue Devil has never left WHS, the physical mascot is back.
Supervisor of Athletics Ms. Sandra Mamary explained that she and the PTSO feel that school spirit has been brought back to WHS and were excited to add a school mascot to the mix. Once the PTSO was willing to put up the money to fund the devil’s expensive costume, their vision became a reality.
After the mascot job opening was posted, junior Dexter Cypress stepped up for his first “trial period.” Any WHS student can sign up to act as the Blue Devil for a game before one student is chosen to become the mascot for this year.
Cypress’ first appearance at the Nov. 19 WHS football game at Kehler Stadium was a success. “When the crowd saw the Blue Devil, they cheered more and became more involved,” Cypress said. “They also went out of their way to take pictures with the Blue Devil and high-five me as well.”
Cypress’ success may be chalked up to his dedication to school spirit: Some may fondly remember when this junior dressed up as a flamingo for Pink Out last year. His first showcase as the Blue Devil involved “running down the track, making people cheer for the team and just being a visible figure for the team,” he said.
Mamary hopes for the same result for all the upcoming games that feature a Blue Devil. “I hope the student section will react with more cheering when the Blue Devil is encouraging them to get loud,” she said.
Although Cypress has a lot of fun acting as the WHS mascot, he will not be suited up for perhaps the most anticipated game of the fall season: the football team’s state championship game at MetLife Stadium tomorrow. For this game, senior Catie Barry will be the acting Blue Devil to ensure another enthusiastic student section.
Barry has confidence in the strategy she’s crafted to get the crowd hyped up. “I’ve been prepping for this for months and I have been practicing my moves,” Barry said. “I am a party pumper outside of school, so I know how to get the crowd going. I plan on bringing my secret weapons to the table and hopefully being able to interact with the crowd. With this enthusiasm, I have no doubt I’m going to rock the house.”