Seniors win spirit week and teachers boogie at annual spirit week pep rally


Aine Pipe ('20)

The junior class faces the senior class during the tug of war event during the pep rally.

The class of 2019 finally won spirit week Wednesday morning at the annual homecoming pep rally and the depart.

On their way to a spirit week win, seniors soundly defeated the juniors in both girls and boys tug of war. The seniors also won the Spirit week dance competition Tuesday night, edging out the juniors by half a point. The rally, however, lacked its usual whimsy (games such as musical pies did not make an appearance) due to shortened time. Usual performances by East’s cheerleaders and marching band.

“It was fun competition…I’m a little disappointed that my juniors only got second place but we fought hard I think we showed some spirit and we’re ready to win next year,” said Mrs. Erika DeWitt, class adviser for the juniors.

After it was announced that they had won spirit week, the seniors were quick to relish in their victory.

“I’m so proud of the kids, they definitely did it by pulling together and working as a team,” said Ms. Nora Smaldore, adviser of the senior class, before being embraced by multiple members of the class of 2019.

Advisers for the bottom two classes expressed minor disappointment in not winning, but look forward to next year’s spirit week festivities.

“I think [the sophomores] did a great job, I’m really proud of them. They had a lot of fun and I’m really excited for next year,” said Mrs. Holly Sassinsky, adviser for the class of 2022.

Mrs. Elizabeth Breen, adviser for the class of 2021 said, “I think that they did a great job and I’m looking forward to next year…we enjoyed being part of the fifties for the week.”

At the rally, members of the football team threw free t-shirts to an eager crowd. Spirit week banners were presented by representatives of each class, and a group of teachers, led by 1960s-era Mr. Jeffrey Killion and other members of the math department, performed to decade music to cap off the rally.

Also honored at the rally were all conference athletes and character education award recipients for the Fall. East, as usual, also sent the football team off to face the Cherry Hill West Lions in the homecoming game, which will take place Wednesday evening.