Silver Chips Online

Spiritless in Silver Spring

By Mimi Verdonk, Online Sports Editor
October 13, 2011
Itís homecoming week and we all know what that means. Daily announcements advertising tickets, tailgating before the game and, of course, girls going crazy over dress shopping for the dance. But wait, whatís that other thing that happens this week, where people dress up and show their Blazer pride? Hint: It starts with school, and ends with week. But whatís missing in the middleÖ? Oh yeah, spirit.

Unlike these students, many Blazers were reluctant to participate in Spirit Week.
 Enoch Hsiao
Unlike these students, many Blazers were reluctant to participate in Spirit Week.
Looking around Blair, itís hard to miss the signs announcing the themes of each day located all over Blair Boulevard, down the main staircase and strategically positioned by bathrooms and water fountains. Even if students manage to miss the posters, there is always an announcement each afternoon about the next dayís attire. And in case a particular Blazer happens to be living under a rock, yellow handouts were distributed on Monday about the weekís happenings (not to mention that itís on the Blair homepage, as well as SGAís Facebook group). Being uninformed is simply not an excuse. So why is it that out of 3,000 students, there are more teeth in your mouth than there were superheroes in the halls?

Blair has plenty to be proud about. Students are achieving on all fronts: in the classrooms, on the field, on the courts and on stage. Sure, Blair happens to be the place we are mandated to spend six hours and 45 minutes each day glancing at the clock once every minute or two, praying for the moment when it finally hits 2:10. But Blair is a lot like our second home, the place we canít wait to leave but will surely miss when weíre gone. The same spirit heard chanting "You Wish You Were a Blazer" after a big game should be transmitted to participation throughout spirit weeks.

The SGA tries hard each year to come up with new themes for the week to inspire Blazers' particpation. After all, there can only be so many Wacky Tacky days before wackiness is worn-out. Students, myself included, complain that the days are too complex, that not everyone has a cape or knows what a kindergartner dresses like.

In reality, however, itís not about the themes, itís about heart. If Blazers donít care about their school, it is reflected in everything they do. No school spirit means lack of camaraderie among students, disconnect between staff members and even more out of the loop parents.

School should be a lot more than essays and late night cramming. Itís a place where you have friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Itís the place youíll remember thirty years down the road and tell your own children to cherish as they grow up. Dressing up for spirit week is a lot more than looking ridiculous for the day. Itís making a commitment to your school. Itís saying, "I go to Blair and Iím proud." Otherwise, you might as well go to Northwood.