How’s Your School Spirit?

At an Appleton East home football game, the student section was having some fun in the stands. Students took turns leading the student section in their unique form of fun. Along comes officer Taschner, who appears to be breaking up the fun. He asks for this student’s ID and then tells him to take a seat. However, the officer then leads the students in his own rendition of fun. Check it out below:

Joe’s Perspective: I love this stuff. When I was a senior in high school, I was voted “most spirited.” I went to all of the football and basketball games. Our student section was packed. We’d sometimes paint our faces. We had all kinds of odd cheers. I once brought 150 rolls of toilet paper to a game, and when our team scored their first point, students simultaneously threw them on the court. We brought newspapers to read during the introductions of the visiting team. And, to be clear, our football and basketball teams were not very competitive. We didn’t care. We were having too much fun.

This story reminds me of those times. These kids are having innocent fun that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Look at how willing this group is to have fun. They are willing to just go with it and not worry what others think. They are loud, they are smiling and they created a rowdy atmosphere on a Friday night. They might remember this incident with the officer as a highlight, but with this attitude, I guarantee they are making more positive memories throughout the year.

It breaks my heart to go to a high school game today and not see this type of school spirit. Where are the students? Why aren’t they cheering on their teams? Are they playing video games? Staying home and spending time on social media? Doing something they shouldn’t be on a Friday night? It’s too bad because when these Appleton students look back on this in 20 years, they will say this was some of the best times of their lives. I hope you get to say this as well.

Your Turn: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the school spirit of the student body? Explain your answer.

Comments 18

  1. 6. For big home games, the student section is packed. But when we travel or play a bad team, there aren’t as many people. There’s a core group who come to almost every game, but besides that it is pretty quiet when we play teams that aren’t as good.

  2. At the start of the season a 8 but now like a 3 or 2. There are barley anyone st the games anymore either cause it’s a drive or we are playing a bad team but it’s not the same energy as the first couple of games.

  3. 2 since no one really cheers at our games, they clap but they don’t really do a chant or anything. I feel like it’s only the team who does.

  4. Usually an 8 or 9. We have a lot of people coming to the home games, and not as much coming to the away games, because they watch the boys game at home.

  5. 8 because we have a lot of spirit but some games people don’t come to as much as others. But we have a lot of spirit and we take advantage of it. We do a lot of chants and call put other schools on their bluffs.

  6. 8. At our home games there are lots of kids cheering us on. At away games there are a few kids sometimes. The section with students is always very loud and we take advantage of that.

  7. 9. A our home games a lot of people come and see us play. It really makes me feel good to see so many people cheer me and my team on. At our away games we have the A team cheer us on.

  8. 6. I would say that it changes a lot throughout the season. At the beginning of the season, I feel like our games were louder and more people came. But after the first 4 or 5 games, less people came. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the average distance for games is much further after the first 5 games and lots of them are on the road. I am hoping to get that 6 to a 10 by the time playoffs come around

  9. At the start of the season at home our student section was packed. But when we go on the road against Craig it is harder to get a big student section to bring energy. This can effect how the team plays. We need to bring the energy ourselves.

  10. At the start of the season at home our student section was packed so I would give it An 8. But when we go on the road against Craig it is harder to get a big student section to bring energy. This can effect how the team plays. We need to bring the energy ourselves.

  11. I think 8 because a lot of students come to our home games when they can but not a lot at away games because they can be far away.

  12. On a scale from 1-10 I’ll give it and 8. Reason why I gave it an 8 is because the start of the season mostly everyone was hyped to come out and watch some boys basketball. Now a hand full of people still come out and support at our away games just not as many. For the big against Middleton @middleton our student section was rocket high, it felt like an playoffs game.

  13. At the start of the season we were playing well so we were having a great study but now that we’re playing worse not as many people have been coming and it sucks

  14. school spirit at lotus is great. when there is no school, students still show up for a game which shows dedication to your school.

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