Last week, Hull High School student leaders shared what they were thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving. During that week and weekend, they were, at long last, able to experience some of their school’s traditions they were so grateful for.
During the week, students participated in spirit days, when they dressed up to match prompts and show their school spirit.
On Tuesday, HHS held its annual Powderpuff game, a football contest between the junior and senior girls that is open to the town. It doubles as both a booster for the spirits and a fundraiser, one that raised more than $1,000 across the four grades.
“There was a really, really, good turnout,” said Mrs. Hillner, the student government adviser who led the organization of most Thanksgiving activities, including the game. In a shocking upset, the juniors beat the seniors 8-6.
On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, students held a pep rally and were released from classes early. It was the first Thanksgiving rally in what seemed like a long time (thanks to the pandemic), and according to Hillner, the “energy was super high.”
Each class hung a banner themed for the upcoming football game, and, in a competition to prove whose was the best, the sophomores won.
In a change of roles, the football team performed a cheer routine that had students “really amped up,” Hillner reported. “It was hilarious.”
The players did a “fantastic, phenomenal job,” and she expects the changeover to become a new tradition.
The students were also excited about the pie-in-the-face activity. They raised funds, donating money to vote for their favorite teachers to get “pied.” In the end, Mr. O’Donnell, Mr. Donohue, Ms. Olivieri, and Officer Marshalsea were the unlucky ones.
That wasn’t all. A week later, Hull students attended the Division 8 Super Bowl football game at Gillette Stadium, where our own Pirates had made it to the finals. Although they were defeated, the energy, excitement, and turnout for the game were high, and the Pirates were grateful for the opportunity.
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