Spirit Week is underway with a never-before tailgate set for Friday


Lydia Maione

Senior Laura Wallon and junior Samantha Rock rocked the Tropical Tuesday theme during Spirit Week.

Lydia Maione, Staff writer

Archbishop Carroll’s High School’s Spirit Week will have a pep rally, a dance that didn’t happen last year and themed dress-down days. Because of the change in COVID-19 restrictions, Carroll will have a more normal spirit week. A new addition to this week is a tailgate that will take place after school before the sports games.

Student Council President Aleja Barrera-Cruz said, “On behalf of all Student Council members, we hope that everyone participates in all activities and makes this week one to remember.”  

The homecoming court nominees from the senior class are scheduled to be announced today. At some point during the week, a Google Form will be sent out to students allowing them to vote for the faculty homecoming court as well. 

Because of the inconsistency COVID-19 caused for Carroll students last year, the administration was unable to have the entire school participate in Spirit Week every day. Because of the hybrid schedule last year, students were limited to dress up for only the two days they were in person that week. Students that attended school fully virtual were unable to participate at all. 

The week of October 11 is full of theme dress-down days. Monday’s theme was ‘Merica Monday. The Carroll building looked like red, white, and blue threw up all over the school. On, Tropical Tuesday students and faculty wore everything from Hawaiian shirts to leis. Wednesday will look like a typical day at Carroll except without seniors. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSATs and should dress up in their full uniform. On Thursday, the theme is Jersey Thursday. Students and faculty can wear any jersey of their choice: high school, college, professional, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and anything in between.

Friday, October 15, is Spirit Day. Seniors wear red, juniors wear black, sophomores wear white, and freshmen wear grey. Many activities will take place on Friday during and after the school day. The pep rally will take place at the end of the school day on the football field. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s pep rally will be outside. Mrs. Buchanan will announce the faculty and the SKDS homecoming courts at the pep rally. The winners whom the students voted for will be crowned queen and king. Following the nominations, the cheerleaders will perform. Finally, a PowderPuff game will take place. PowderPuff is a flag football game where the junior girls will compete against the senior girls. 

The tailgate, which has not happened in the past years, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the back lot near the football stadium.

“Student council members will run the tailgate. Hot dogs will be grilled and given out without any cost,” said Roman Tozzi.

The tailgate will also include a pumpkin painting activity and be used as time to hang out with friends and cheer on Carroll’s athletic teams during their games on Friday. The boy’s soccer game will begin at 3:30 p.m. The field hockey game and volleyball match will follow with a 3:45 p.m. start time.

Following Friday’s pep rally and tailgate, Saturday is the homecoming football game and dance. Archbishop Carroll’s boy’s football team will be playing Neumann-Goretti at noon. Last year, non-senior Carroll students could not attend the game because of COVID-19 restrictions, but this year, everyone can go! At half time, the homecoming court voted on by students will enter the field, and the queen and king for the class of 2022 will be announced and crowned. 

The homecoming dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. in the back parking lot; all grades are welcome to come!

“The tickets to attend the dance can be purchased on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the Office of Student Life for five dollars,” said Laura Wallen. Tickets will also be sold on Wednesday for the students in school taking the PSATs. There will be a DJ and decorations set up for those who wish to take pictures.