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By Brooke Humphreys
Spirit is contagious, at least that is what the teachers, students and staff at Trimble County Middle School would say. The week of Sept. 17-21 was named Spirit Week at TCMS. During this week there were scheduled themes for each day. Everyone was encouraged to participate. The cheerleaders came up with the themes and set different incentives for those who showed the most school spirit.
The week started by walking into a decked-out front lobby and hallway. With TCs dangling from the ceiling, to a Who’s Who Window, and many more festive decorations. Western Day kicked off the themed days. Many of the students and staff looked like real Raiders.
Tuesday was EXTREME Blue and Gold Day. Students and staff were encouraged to sport the colors blue and gold in the most EXTREME way. This was not the traditional blue and gold day. Walking through the halls you could see there were many creative ways to display the love of the colors. Funny hats, tutus, flashback uniforms of Raiders past this was defiantly the day of friendly competition. The kids were judged from each grade level on which was the most EXTREME, they were narrowed down and Mr. & Ms. Extreme Blue and Gold (Bradley Bosse and Bailie Davis) were crowned at halftime of the football game against Frankfort.
Wednesday was Nerd Day, Thursday was Hawaiian Day, and Friday rounded out the week with everyone showing their tacky side on Tacky Day. This was one week that everyday brought something new to the table of fashion.
Along with the themed days and Mr. and Ms. Extreme Blue and Gold there were other fun activities happening in the hallways of TCMS. The cheerleaders gave the teachers and staff a friendly competition of their own. The decorating of the classroom doors, this displayed creative as well as traditional ways to support the fall sports teams and show their school spirit.
They could not start decorating until after noon on the Friday before and they had to be finished by Tuesday at noon. They could choose to decorate them on their own or include the students. The judging took place on Tuesday afternoon and was announced at the pep rally on Friday.
New to TCMS, Mrs. Ali Malando was the winner of a popcorn party for a class of her choice and $25 gift card to Staples to purchase classroom supplies.
The last home football game was held on Tuesday September 18, 2012 against Frankfort. Before the game all of the 8th grade fall sports players and their parents were recognized. This is a time were both the student and their parents are acknowledged for the time and dedication they give to represent Trimble Co. while playing the sport they love. This year there were 40 8th grade students recognized during the fall sport period. Cross Country will be recognized at the winter sport night. It was great to see the fans that came to support the football team as well as the other athletes. Cheering from a large crowd lets the players know they have support and fuels motivation to succeed. A great game ended after a double overtime in which the Raiders fell to Frankfort 8-6.
Friday ended the week of festivities with a Pep Rally that left nothing to be desired. Kicking it off with the running of the players as the school cheered in support. The cheerleaders lead the students in some new cheers to pump them up.
The Can’t Pop Raider Spirit Bubblegum Blowing contest was interesting as athletes from the Football, Volleyball and Cheerleaders tried to see who could blow the biggest bubble without popping it. This was quite a challenge. Cheyenne Riddle an 8th grader on the Volleyball team took home the large container of Bubblegum. Then it all broke loose when the teachers got out on the floor and showed their dancing skills. The spirit stick challenge wrapped up the Pep Rally with the 8th graders taking it. The Cheerleaders opened the dance that afternoon by a lucky student placing a pie in a Teachers face. Throughout the week students could guess at the Who’s Who Window to see if they could match the baby picture with the correct Teacher or Staff member. The winner was chosen on the most correct. With 5 correct Maranda Ward another 8th grader on the Volleyball team, placed a pie in Mr. Roberts face, thanks for being a great sport. The Cheerleaders performed their halftime dance before students starting dancing themselves.
This was a great week at TCMS and we would like to thank Mr. Genton and all of the Teachers and Staff for allowing us to have this time to show our spirit for the school. BIG thanks to the Cheerleaders, coaches and parents for creating all of the activities, themed days and decorations throughout the lobby and hallway and to Todd Pollock and Freeze Frame Photography, Inc. for taking pictures that captured the spirit throughout the week. You can show your school spirit for all of the sports in Trimble Co. by coming to the games and cheering on the athletes and their dedication to the sport they love. GO RAIDERS!