By Isabella Sobejano ’18
Coming back from a 4 day DARN weekend, students had the opportunity to dress up in some exciting gear! This year, for the first time ever, students were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Spirit Week options in an online poll that received over 200 votes. The selected days for Spirit week were Society Color Day, Nationality Day, Clash Day, and Homecoming Shirt Day. On day one, students were encouraged to dress in their own society’s colors, for society points. Students that creatively went beyond the expectations were given extra points to their society. On Wednesday, students were encouraged to dress in an outfit that represented their ethnic background. Many students got creative with this prompt and chose to wear their national flag as a cape. On Thursday, the theme was clash day, so students were allowed to mix and match their outfits. While some debate spurred as to whether wearing two different sports teams was enough to constitute a clash, the day was filled with plenty of plaid and polka dots. Coming to an end of the week, was parents day and homecoming weekend. On Friday, students wore their homecoming shirt to show school spirit while parents attended classes.
On October 14th, parents had the opportunity to attend classes with students. This meant that parents could meet with their children’s teachers and see how they were doing in all their classes. Parent’s day was only a half day, but parents were able to spend the entire day with their child. The day was followed by a community lunch and a community dinner at the end of the day. Parents were also able to watch “mini-concerts” in the KCCA of the different ensembles.
During Saturday afternoon, the student body was encouraged to come on out and support Sem against their homecoming football. In front of the largest crowd all year, Sem faced the Kiski school; unfortunately, despite playing well for most of the game, the team lost a heartbreaker, 19-14. Halftime, however, was marked with the presentation of the Alumni Service Awards for outstanding leadership and service to the community, voted upon by students and selected by a panel of Alumnus. Among the eight nominees — Elizabeth Abraham, Paige Allen, Grace Leahy, Abby Straub, Eamon Gibbons, Quang Phan, Roy Phillips, and Andrew Schukraft — the winners were Abby Straub and Roy Phillips.