BY LAUREN FEDEN
According to senior Matt Parker, school spirit at PL South feels like “a moist towel that was once hot, but now is merely lukewarm.”
School spirit can be hard to measure due to the fact that it means different things to different students. But many students feel that the atmosphere at PL South is certainly not all out.
But before we can measure it, we should have an idea of what it is. To freshman Ruth Munoz, school spirit feels “welcoming, like you are a part of something.”
Senior Xanna Galgerud believes spirit is “cheering on fellow teammates, even if you are not feeling it or had a bad day. You are not just classmates, you are their supporters, It means a lot.”
Junior Josie Doxzon ties school spirit to involvement. She defines spirit as “being proud in your school and everything you do that involves school.”
To Parker, spirit looks like “human beings decked out in a variety of clothing that is blue, black, silver or a mixture of any of the three. The clothing is often branded with a ‘T’ as well.”
How much spirit do we have? Of the definitions above, the student body is most judged by support at games. The size of the student section is often equated to the amount of spirit in the school.
Judging PL South’s spirit by this measure, sophomore Logan Lawrence said, “it can improve,” Sophomore Logan Lawrence said. “More people coming to all events would definitely help.”
Galgerud agrees, saying, she counted himself among those who could do better. “I have not been the most dedicated Titan fan this year. I understand stuff comes up, but that is not an excuse to not make it to a single game all year. Even if you don’t go, you can at least talk to an athlete, a performer and tell them ‘Good luck.’ Tweeting, telling them, just that little act of support goes a long way.”
Defining school spirit by support at games often leaves out a large chunk of the school. A lot goes on other than the big spectator sports. There are plays, musicals, show choir competitions, math competitions, student council conventions, dances, track meets and so much more.
The spectator sports may “reflect poorly” on our school, but what hurts the spirit at the school most is the attitude smaller activities have that they do not matter as much to the school as the larger activities. With so much going on at South, it is often difficult for students to keep track of what and when activities are happening.
At the beginning of this year, dance team attempted to reach out to these lesser known activities to show support. This effort was spearheaded by senior Jenna Winkler. “I got locker signs together, we got Oreos for some activities. I wanted to show support to the rest of the school’s activities, not just the ones everyone supports and the ones the cheerleaders go to,” Winkler said.
The dance team put up locker signs for several organizations until they received discouragement and stopped.
It may seem like a trivial thing, but the gesture of the locker signs was not lost upon the receivers. “It was nice to be recognized. It made me proud to run for such an encouraging school,” senior Leah Ely said.
Galgerud would like to remind the student body that, “You spend as much time at school as with your family, so school is like your family, and you should look after them as you would your family. Support activities that go on around here.”