How’s Your School Spirit?
At an Appleton East home football game, the student section was having some fun in the stands. Students took turns leading the student section in their unique form of fun. Along comes officer Taschner, who appears to be breaking up the fun. He asks for this student’s ID and then tells him to take a seat. However, the officer then leads the students in his own rendition of fun. Check it out below:
Joe’s Perspective: I love this stuff. When I was a senior in high school, I was voted “most spirited.” I went to all of the football and basketball games. Our student section was packed. We’d sometimes paint our faces. We had all kinds of odd cheers. I once brought 150 rolls of toilet paper to a game, and when our team scored their first point, students simultaneously threw them on the court. We brought newspapers to read during the introductions of the visiting team. And, to be clear, our football and basketball teams were not very competitive. We didn’t care. We were having too much fun.
This story reminds me of those times. These kids are having innocent fun that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Look at how willing this group is to have fun. They are willing to just go with it and not worry what others think. They are loud, they are smiling and they created a rowdy atmosphere on a Friday night. They might remember this incident with the officer as a highlight, but with this attitude, I guarantee they are making more positive memories throughout the year.
It breaks my heart to go to a high school game today and not see this type of school spirit. Where are the students? Why aren’t they cheering on their teams? Are they playing video games? Staying home and spending time on social media? Doing something they shouldn’t be on a Friday night? It’s too bad because when these Appleton students look back on this in 20 years, they will say this was some of the best times of their lives. I hope you get to say this as well.
Your Turn: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the school spirit of the student body? Explain your answer.