So far in this most unusual school year, faculty members at Hull High School have given their all to boost morale by organizing a variety of events and competitions that have met with varied success.
A Halloween costume competition between Cohort A and Cohort B, with donuts for the winning cohort, ended with few students dressed for the occasion. The faculty, on the other hand, went all out.
A Spirit Day competition of the same nature, with the cohorts wearing Hull colors, had similar results.
The one activity that has truly sparked interest and participation was the recent holiday door-decorating competition. This was a contest between advisories, with cohorts working together to decorate their respective advisers’ doors.
This door-decorating competition brought spirit to Hull High. The atmosphere changed for the better, with people excitedly looking at doors. Contestants were competitive, boasting that their adviser was going to win, and even playfully trash-talking. The creativity was endless: There are gingerbread houses, snowmen, fireplaces, and more.
The success of this competition probably comes from its hands-on nature. Students got to engage their imagination and create something with a satisfying and instant end result. Also, they did not have to take time out of their personal lives; the rest of their classes that day were slightly shorter than usual.
Hopefully, HHS educators and faculty members will remember the success of the door-decorating competition in order to emulate it in the future. For those seeking to boost student morale and engender festivity, activities like this seem to be the answer.
Victoria Dolan is school correspondent for The Hull Times.