By Annie Resnikoff & Logan Schwarts
Next week, school spirit will be seen throughout the halls as the Student Government Association hosts its annual Spirit Week along with new Homecoming festivities.
The SGA has responded to student suggestions in previous years by making changes to some of its usual activities.
Said senior Student Government President Chris Romano, “Students at this high school work very hard, so they deserve chances to enjoy events such as these and experience common high school events that may have been somewhat absent or lacking spirit in the past.”
Unlike previous years, attendance at the Pep Rally will not be mandatory. The Pep Rally will start immediately following the parade at Kehler Stadium Wednesday.
The SGA will also be hosting its first annual homecoming dance on Dec. 5 in response to student requests for one over the Winter Formal Dance which the SGA has thrown for the past two years.
The dance, held in Caf. B at 8 p.m., will feature a professional DJ, photobooth and food. Students can purchase tickets in advance Tuesday and Thursday at the school store during all lunch periods for $7, or for $10 at the dance. According to Romano, the SGA is also planning to sell tickets in some homerooms.
Spirit Week will begin Monday. Students can show school pride by wearing Westfield wear. Said Romano, “Spirit Week this year will be more of a celebration of the school community rather than a competition.”
On Tuesday, students should wear sports gear, and Wednesday class colors should be worn: gray for freshmen, white for sophomores, blue for juniors, black for seniors and red for staff.
Wednesday caps off Spirit Week with the main events: the parade, pep rally, football games and bonfire. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the homecoming parade, which will start at the South Avenue train station and end at Kehler.
Kick-off for the Powderpuff game is 2 p.m. at Kehler. According to Guidance Counselor and SGA Adviser Ms. Jamie Glickman, Westfield gear will be sold at the game.
After Powderpuff, the new Pro Bowl Flag Football Game will be held at the field behind EIS. A bonfire will conclude the festivities for the night. Said Glickman, “We tried to make everything happen in one place so that kids won’t have to move locations and the spirit keeps going from one thing to the other.”
She added: “We want our high school to become more spirited…. We are trying to create events that kids will enjoy, and this year, I think people will find that if they come, they will like what we have.”
Added Romano: “Be sure to get involved…. Our school would be better if we all had more spirit, and this is our chance to make it happen.”
Correction: a print version of this article, which ran Friday, November 21, incorrectly reported the Spirit Wear days for Monday and Tuesday. The above article reflects the accurate information. Hi's Eye regrets this error.