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Cougars Got Spirit

By Olivia Phillips, Student Writer

A week filled with homemade costumes, creative props, and new memories, spirit week is every highschooler’s biggest dream and worst nightmare. This year’s spirit week for the Colleton County Cougars began at the start of school on Monday, October 2nd and lasted until the end of the football game on Friday, October 6th. Although spirit week only lasts for a week, Colleton County High School’s Student Council began preparing months in advance.

To begin thinking about spirit week, Student Council members gathered during the summer to start brainstorming ideas for spirit week. After gathering ideas, these ideas were sent to administration to receive approval. After learning the spirit week ideas were approved, Garrett Tyler, the Student Body President, allowed the student body to vote on spirit week events and dress out days for the week. He did this so that every student would have a voice. After determining the results, spirit week was underway before we knew it.

To kick off the start of spirit week, students used iconic props and costumes in order to resemble their favorite movie character on Movie Monday. To continue in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, students dressed as up as their favorite holiday on Tis’ the Season Tuesday. During school on Wednesday, Mickey Mouse’s and SpongeBob’s were a few of the characters that were present on campus on the Disney versus Nickelodeon day. Then, on Thursday, capes and tights flooded through Colleton County High School as Heroes versus Villains day made its debut. Finally, students sported Cougar gear on Friday to show off their Cougar pride in preparation for the homecoming football game.

During spirit week, not only did students dress up for the spirit week themes, but there were also competitions between the classes. For example, students signed their names on a dress out sheet during lunches to show dress out participation and add points to their class ranking. Along with the dress out sign ups, Student Council also hosted a Penny War. During a Penny War, any form of money besides pennies would penalize a class. As a result, classes would toss nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, and even twenties into another classes’ bucket in order to keep that class from winning. Moreover, Student Council also required its classes to create a decorative sidewalk chalk piece, spirit banner, and skit as a part of the competitions. The cumulative winner of these competitions would be rewarded with the spirit stick during halftime at the Cougar’s homecoming football game. After a week of hard work, the Class of 2018 whooped and screamed as they discovered they had won the spirit stick in an intensely close race with the Class of 2019 juniors.

Besides competitions between the classes, Student Council also hosted after school events. On Tuesday, October 3rd, Student Council hosted a paint soccer game. At the start of the event, all participants were clean and dry; however, by the end of the game, everyone’s clothes had fallen victim to the colorful paint and many left the Wild Fire soccer fields drenched from head to toe in (washable) paint. On Wednesday night, Student Council and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) hosted a night service that was open to all students. Macie Stone, FCA President, invited Pastor

Daryl Erwin from Cottageville Baptist to prepare a night service. Pastor Erwin delivered a very engaging and inspiring service that all students were pleased with.

At CCHS, spirit week is always a stressful, but exciting week that takes more to prepare for than one would expect. However, the stress is worth the memories that are made in the end. As a senior, I can definitely say spirit week is something that students will miss after graduation.

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