Last week, Hull High School and Memorial Middle School participated in Spirit Week as a leadup to the high school’s Homecoming football game and dance. Students dressed up during the school day in a variety of themes, from USA Day to Neon Day. Some wore tutus and others boas, and all had fun.
On Friday, Hull High participated in Advisory Kickoff Day, a schoolwide event to promote class bonding. In the past, grades have split up to take a trip to Boston or participate in community service. This year, there wasn’t enough time to organize those activities due to administrative changes, but Hull High staff were still able to put together a great day for students.
Student Government advisor Stephanie Hillner, one of the main organizers of the week’s activities, thought doing advisory kickoff day would help “make spirit week extra exciting.” So, she and other staff members organized a new iteration of the tradition. Students participated in a school-wide scavenger hunt between advisories, where they completed tasks from dancing in the auditorium to finding the school’s elusive pool – and had a great time doing it.
“I think it was great … the whole goal was to kind of keep the school together and boost the whole school morale,” said Hillner.
Breakfast and lunch from local restaurants were served, and kids could choose other fun activities to participate in with teachers and their friends. Some remained in study hall, while others played MarioKart or sang karaoke. The day ended with a rally in the gym that left students excited for that night’s football game.
The game brought out a strong but shivering student section to cheer on the Hull Pirates. The band played triumphant tunes as the team crushed it on the field, winning 35-8. The following night, HHS students congregated in the cafeteria for a formal homecoming dance – and dance they did. Student participation and energy stayed high, and Hillner says that spirit week and homecoming “keep getting better and better each year.”
Victoria Dolan is currently a junior at Hull High and is The Hull Times school correspondent. This column reflects her student viewpoint. For questions or comments, please contact email@example.com.