By Cayla Destefani and Shelby Powers
Spirit Week, traditionally the week before the Homecoming football game and dance, is the perfect excuse for Bellbrook High School students to go wild with school spirit! From the wacky dress-up themes for each school day to the pep rallies and Powder Puff football game, spirit week gives everyone a break from their usual tedious routines. This year, the student council decided to maximize school spirit by creating a spirit competition between all of the grades, encouraging students and their mentor teachers to participate. The Varsity B Club also decided to bring back the old tradition of hallway decorating on Friday as an addition to the spirit contest, and students will create a nautical under the sea theme throughout the halls.
The week started off with a flash of color, with Monday’s theme of Neon Day. Tuesday, everyone was seeing double, because it was Twin Day. Students paired up and dressed alike to channel their inner Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. That morning in mentor, all of the classes voted for their homecoming court nominees. On Friday at the Homecoming game, the official votes of Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.
Wednesday, capes and tights were abundant at BHS with Superhero Day. That night, traditional roles reversed for the Powder Puff football game. Senior girls took the field against each other to play football, coached by the football team’s seniors. CJ Broderick, Nathan Coffey, and Alex Starkey took charge of the purple team, and Tyler Everidge, Jhakeem Thompson, and Charlie McNamee coached the gold squad. Some other brave senior guys worked on their tumbling and broke out the pompoms to be cheerleaders. Seniors Mitch Powers, Jacob Neimeier, and Ben Kress held down the press box as announcers. The gold team won 20-16, with three gold rushing touchdowns from Shelby Powers and a two point conversion caught by Caroline Hyman. Caitlin Umina caught a pass from Rachel Van Fleet to score for purple, followed by a two point conversion from Lauren Van Oss. Krystah Pickrell had the second purple touchdown, running off of Van Fleet’s handoff. Van Oss had the second conversion as well. The game was followed with a community pep rally and an enormous bonfire.
Thursday was Animal Day. Students dressed up as their favorite animal while many seniors were hunters.
Friday is purple and gold day. Nothing says school spirit like wearing the school colors! On Friday purple and gold will fill the hallways as students show their Eagle pride. It will also fill the gym on Friday’s pep rally. Mr. Reinhart, Varsity B Club and the other faculty have been preparing for this for weeks. It will start off with the cheerleader’s performance, as well as a surprise performance. Although most of the games are secret, there will be a surprise eating contest between the grades with a fun twist in it. If there is time, there will be a banana passing contest between the grades as well. Also in this pep rally, cross country, football, and band seniors will be recognized. Friday night, the football team takes on Valley View, with the student section decked out in purple and gold. The homecoming court will take the field at halftime, and the king and queen will be crowned.
The dance itself on Saturday will be super fun too! Join Bellbrook students Under the Sea in the Auxiliary gym on Saturday from 8-11 and have a great time. Tickets to the dance will be sold during lunch from Wednesday through Friday. Those people taking guests will have to turn in their form to the office by Thursday. Forms are available in the office.