Blue Jay Pride in Action!
Photos by Emmy Lopez, Jade Ruether, and Lauren Lenzen
Do Not Hide Your Blue Jay Pride!
Editorial by Jaden Heien, Dylan Brocato and Morgan Riegel
165 students took a twitter poll that
gave our school spirit a letter grade.
It’s no secret that the student section has been absent at our basketball games this season.
Seniors lead our student section at Washington High School. Social media platforms like Twitter and Snapchat make reaching out to the student body easier, but those tools aren't working to motivate fans.
@bj6thman's current twitter bio is “The Official Twitter Page of the loudest and most obnoxious student section in the Midwest.” However, we feel that under current circumstances this is an exaggerated statement. For various reasons, people are not joining in on the fun.
Recently, @bj6thman posted a Twitter poll asking students if they would be attending the Senior night boys' basketball game on Feb 25. Of the 101 people who participated, 46% said they would be there to cheer on our boys for their last home game, while over half of the students said they would not attend.
Why is this? What has happened to our school pride? Why is it that over half of our students wouldn’t want to watch our seniors play their last game on our home court?
It seems like there isn’t just one answer. Some people have work, homework, or settle for the most popular answer, “the games aren’t fun.”
So, what is to blame for the lack of school pride in our stands? Is it the Senior leaders? Is it a lack of promotion? Or maybe the schedule of the games? Is it the work schedule of students? Is it that some students feel they can't add one more thing to their to-do list? Is it a general lack of school spirit? Or is it a combination of it all?
Ariel Webbe can't find time to go to the
games because of her homework load.
In effort to get a better understanding of what’s going on with our school pride, we took it to Twitter. We decided to create a poll, like @bj6thman did previously.
The question we asked was: “How would you grade Washington High School’s school spirit?” The answers were nothing short of disappointing.
We had a whopping 165 voters. Of those 165, 45% graded our spirit a D, with D being the worst option available.
As students who love this school so much, it is so upsetting that our school lacks school pride. Of course, we can’t force people to enjoy this school as much as we do. All we can do is promote school spirit as much as possible.
If you are one of those 45% who graded WHS’s spirit a D, make a change. Come to the games, participate in spirit week, enjoy our awesome high school. Why not step up and be a part of 6th Man? Make the best of everything this school has to offer.
There are endless reasons to be proud of WHS. Look to the facts: our Varsity Lady Jays just won the district championship! We have a wrestler who just won the first-ever state title for our school!
Beyond sports, there are many other reasons to have Blue Jay Pride! We have a nationally-ranked TV program, the Missouri Journalism Student of the Year. Oh, and our Winter Guard, Scholar Bowl Teams, and other groups at WHS are pretty amazing, too!
There is so much to be proud of here at WHS. Show your school pride and support the great school you attend. We hope to see you soon!
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