“Paris at Sunset” inspires annual Homecoming Spirit Week Leads up to flag football game, dance

Intending to purchase a Homecoming Dance ticket, junior Franchesca Fajardo tells junior Alex Nguyen her student number. Today was the last day to buy a ticket at the $25 price point. “I [decided to buy a ticket] because I wanted to try [a school dance] for the first time,” Fajardo said. “I’ve never went in my sophomore and freshman year, so I really want to go. Some of my friends haven't gone either, so it will be a new experience for all of us.” Photo Credit: Grinesa Bajrami

Hoping to embody the homecoming theme of “Paris at Sunset,” StuCo has centered the annual Spirit Week around the idea of a vacation in Paris.

“The thing about homecoming is that you have to have traditions,” StuCo adviser Miriya Julian said. “Spirit Week is a tradition, the PA vs. DA game is a tradition, the other four [spirit days] are different in the sense that they’re names relate to the theme.”

Students in medical programs will not have to wear scrubs if they intend on participating in the spirit days. This spirit week will have a new addition, ‘Meme Day,’ where students and staff can mimic trends on social media.

“[The students] get more excited and overall it’s just an exciting week,” Julian said. “We’re the only school that has their dance outside of school and we’re the only school that does their flag football game at school, which are [both] exciting.”

Last year, the DA boys ended PA boys’ winning streak; however, the PA boys hopes to win this year.

“Because the workload from classes can get pretty hectic, it’s nice to have events like spirit week that allow us to ease into fun activities and have some form of participation that is outside schoolwork,” sophomore Casey Joseph.

On Friday, the Homecoming Dance will take place at the Panos Hall Courtyard from 7-10 p.m. Tickets went on sale this past Wednesday; prices will increase to $30 on Oct. 9 and continuoue to increase. This is not the first time that the homecoming theme has referenced Paris; the first homecoming theme in 2009 was “Moulin Rouge.”

“I think that Spirit Week is important because it shows how involved students are in school,” sophomore Alexandra Veleva said. “Spirit Week is meant to engage students to partake in fun school activities, like dress up days or to simply spread a positive message.”

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