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Blue and gold day continues homecoming traditions

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Michelle Karimpumkalayil
The varsity cheer team moves into their positions for a special performance during the Friday pep rally.

After a week of dressing up to various themes, students get a chance to show off their school pride on blue and gold Friday. Students dress up in the school’s spirit wear or in blue and gold attire to unite after a full week of competition. However, blue and gold day is much more than just another spirit day.

Blue and gold day is a homecoming tradition that includes the pep rally where the school gathers in preparation for the homecoming football game. The homecoming court and the winning class of the week is also announced during the assembly as well. 

“We just want to come together and celebrate as a whole school,” Angela Duensing, one of the co-sponsors of Student Council, said. “The day before was class color day so that kinda puts the classes against each other so we want to bring it back to what the meaning of homecoming is, which is to support our school.”

Not only does blue and gold day show support for our school, it also brings pride in alumni who come back for homecoming week celebrations. Despite this, blue and gold day is still the most underrated spirit day of the week. Students tend to plan ahead with their friends on outfits and skits for the other spirit days, but the excitement is not as high on blue and gold day. 

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“I wish kids got into it as much as they do for the other days. I feel like we celebrate blue and gold every Friday to support school spirit… They really want to support their class [so] let’s [also] support our school,” Duensing said. 

Nonetheless, although the excitement for blue and gold day is not as overt, students still appreciate it.

“I think we should continue the blue and gold day tradition. It’s a neat way to unite our student body in the absence of a mascot,” senior Destina Sarussi said.

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Michelle Karimpumkalayil is a senior at LHS and a second year member of the Tom-Tom. She loves listening to music, reading and playing badminton. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a member of HOSA, Science National Honor Society and Link Crew. Her favorite subject is science because she enjoys doing labs and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Michelle is excited for her second year writing for the Tom-Tom and hopes to have a great year.
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