Class Color Day results in fun, limited problems.

Stone TeSelle and Abby Tubacki

Abby Tubacki
Supporting peers when they accomplish a game on Class Color Day highlights the competitiveness of this spirit weekday.

On Thursday, October 3rd, the students and teachers of LHS experienced yet another class color day, with the seniors dressed in black, juniors in green, sophomores in red and freshmen in orange. Everyone crowded the halls and the gym to participate in class color day and the spirit week games. 

The students of LHS gathered into the gym to compete in games such as tug of war, dodgeball, arm wrestling, etc., leaving the seniors in first, juniors in second, freshmen in third and the sophomores in last. But is it possible the students show too much spirit?   

Last year, a petition went around trying to defend class color day from being banned because the upcoming freshman and their parents were frightened of what the upperclassmen could do to them and their peers, like tagging. Tagging is the action of upperclassmen marking lower classmen with there class color, using markers, spray paint, etc.

 Mr. Michealson, the principal of Lemont High School, said, “I think class color day brings a lot to the school, the concerns happen when students take it too far and it affects the environment and the school.” The competition of Spirit Week no doubt brings us together as Mr. Michealson said, but it has also brought an unhealthy relationship between grade levels. 

 Tagging is one of the main reasons why people in the community wanted class color day banned. “It’s a competition were tradition is seniors will always win, so the lower classmen want to knock the seniors of the top and take first place,” said Mr. Michealson.

Spirit week has always been competitive and it only gets more and more competitive as the years go by. Over passing years, the rivalry between grade levels has grown. People think that as the graduating classes leave, spirit week behavior will decline, but that’s not always the case. “I don’t think the class of 18 is any worse than any of the others,” said Mr. Michealson. As the classes rise up from freshman to sophomores to juniors to seniors, not only does there respect for spirit week enhance but so does the competition and spirit.