Homecoming spirit

For seniors at Greenwich High School, October is a very busy month. Students are focused on early college applications, SAT and ACT tests, fall sports and the workload at school is heavy just to cap it off.

Fortunately, while this invisible wave hovers above our heads threatening to crash down, homecoming week arrives. Greenwich High School started the week off with a Monday “pink out” where students wore pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. On “turn down Tuesday” the student body participated in a pajama day, donning bathrobes, slippers, and p.j.’s for a day of relaxation.

Then Wednesday was “anti-bullying” day with an activity that encouraged students to reach outside of their comfort zones and sit with unfamiliar students at lunch. Thursday marked the arrival of the famous “senior dress up day.” And this year (in my humble opinion as a member of the senior class) marked the best collection of costumes yet.

Finally, Friday was a day for the whole school to wear red and white with pride and gather together in the student center for a pep rally before Saturday’s homecoming parade and game.

For many of us, homecoming week has highlighted the importance of balance in our lives. Ideally, balance is self-imposed, but that is not always possible for students. We’re very busy following external schedules and often have difficulty managing our time.

Events like senior dress up and pajama day may sound silly and frivolous, but they play an important role in our lives. Homecoming week forces us to stop our regular routines and come together as a unit. For such a large school, GHS homecoming week makes everyone feel like they are a part of the action. Especially, as seniors, it gives those of us searching for the quintessential high school experience a time to enjoy our school outside the classroom.

Many students have expressed disappointment at our school’s perceived lack of spirit and togetherness. At such a large school, it’s not surprising that some people feel that way. However, for anyone looking around the student center this week, it seems hard to believe there could ever be a lack of spirit.

Although we don’t always express our spirit in the most frequent or traditional ways, the love and appreciation for GHS is very real. I saw it in the laughter of the freshmen who giggled at the hordes of their classmates in bathrobes. I saw it in the smiles of the students who found new tablemates on Wednesday during school. I even saw it in the seniors on Thursday who dressed up as traffic cones and parking tickets from the MISA project.

As we get back to a regular week of school, the realities of college deadlines and homework set in. Although we are physically returning to the same place we were in last week, there is something different about Greenwich High School.

The burdens we face were lifted only temporarily, but the strengthening of our community will be permanent.


Henry Ricciardi is a senior at Greenwich High School.

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