Last week marked yet another successful annual HHS Spirit Week culminating in a Senior Night football game and the judging of class banners. Seniors once again took first place with an accurate and artistic depiction of Snow White.
The involvement of the 8th-grade class, the newest addition to HHS, is the most drastic difference between school-wide events from this year and previous years. According to eighth-grader Sam Ferra, the eighth-grade class appreciates being included in all high school activities. “I like how we’re only in eighth grade and [yet] we get included in all the things the actual high schoolers [are included in],” Sam said.
Other members of the 2024 class remarked favorably to their taking part in student council and field trips. So far this year, eighth-graders have also joined upperclassmen in Pep Rallies, Drama Club, Homecoming, Banner Night, Spirit Week, and Red Ribbon Week.
Spirit week festivities began with Pajama Day on Monday–followed by Twinning Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Monochromatic Thursday and FootBall Frenzy Friday. The HHS Fall Sports pep-rally was hosted at the main gym on Friday during periods 7 and 8, featuring contests including Tug-of-war, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Relay Races. All activities were participated in by grades 8-12 plus any willing staff members.
On Friday, the 25th senior members of a fall sports team were invited to the HS track with their parents prior to the Chiefs Football Game. Players and CheerLeaders were announced in front of the home crowd and presented with flowers. Kickoff for the final Friday Night Lights game of the 2019 season commenced at 7 pm when the Hopatcong Chiefs took on High Point.
At half-time, after both the Chiefs cheerleaders and marching band performed, the time for the showing of this year’s banner night competition commenced. Each grade chose a theme to depict within the fairytale realm, eighth-graders choosing ‘Jack and the BeanStalk’, freshman choosing ‘Princess and the Frog’, sophomores choosing ‘Shrek’, juniors choosing ‘Little Mermaid’ and finally, seniors choosing ‘Snow White’. This year’s judges awarded third place to the junior class, second place to the freshman class and the first place award went to the senior class.
Following the announcement of banner winners came a special performance of trash can drumming put on by HHS staff members. When asked about the success of Spirit Week, school-wide student council advisor Mrs. Joanne Carr said, “I think overall it went very well; I think the students were very enthused about it and I saw a lot of them participating as they walked around the hallway.”