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Is Spirit Week Competition Healthy?
The Outcome of the Drama Behind This Year's Spirit Week

Nov. 6, 2013
By BRIANA BONFIGLIO

    There was no doubt that spirit week was in full swing Tuesday morning, October 15, as Viking hats clustered down the senior hallway.  It seemed everyone was putting their best foot forward in displaying their Seaford pride.  But underneath it all, a junior-senior rivalry was brewing, posing the questions: How healthy is spirit week competition and does it actually promote school spirit?
    Spirit week at Seaford High School is designed for students to show their Seaford pride during the week leading up to the Homecoming parade on Saturday.  There’s a catch though: each grade is competing against one another to win spirit week.  By participating in activities such as Seaford apparel day, pajama day, hall decorations, and relay races at Friday’s pep rally, everyone has a chance to earn points for their class.  The class with the most points at the end of the week wins money for the class to use for events like the junior and senior proms.
    This year, the competition became heated when words were exchanged between a few juniors and seniors over Twitter.  It seemed that both parties were in the pursuit of winning it all, but it was debatable whether some words and actions may have gone too far and taken the spirit from spirit week.
    “Some things like comments on twitter were just mean.  You can tell everyone just wanted to win,” said Seaford Senior, Vincent Goldberger.
    There may have come a point during the week where winning really was the only concern for both classes, not exhibiting school pride.  Although the enthusiasm was all there on both sides, it could have been for all the wrong reasons, and the behind-the-scenes on twitter is evidence of that.
    “[Spirit week] creates interclass competition but discourages overall school spirit,” said senior, Deidre Muirhead.
    “No one says anything to anyone’s face,” said senior, Matt Natland.
    And maybe that was just the problem.  What occurred here is a typical side effect of social media: misunderstandings.  One senior said, “On Twitter, friendly tweets were posted to support our grade.  As a result, juniors were warning the school that they were ‘taking over.’  It became childish.”  On the other hand, a junior said, “The seniors got way too serious and made it really competitive in too much of a bad manner.”  Luckily, however, a lot of this controversy didn’t last in the wake of spirit week itself.
    “I don’t think it had that much of an effect, everyone’s still friends,” said Matt.
    In the end, spirit week may not have necessarily brought the school together, but it definitely built teamwork and camaraderie within each class.  It was a fun week had by all, and many memories were made by spirit week participants.

>photos by: Yearbook Staff