Dayanara & Yanira Matute
As the years go by, traditions that were once loved by the McMahon community have been slowly dying out. We hear students complaining about this issue, but still the turn-out for school events have noticeably decreased.
This poses the question: What happened to our school spirit?
Before spring break, we had a mini spirit week to get kids excited for the SAT’s and to encourage them to do well. However, given the number of people that actually dressed up, you wouldn’t have known a spirit week was even going on. Pajama day looked like some people rolled out of bed and were too lazy to get dressed. Barely anyone was dressed for the occasion.
This year’s spirit week was nothing compared to when our freshmen year. Mostly everyone dressed up. The halls were full on decorated. This was the spirit week before the Thanksgiving football game. Everyone supported the boys and this got them excited to do well. The turn-out for the football game was incredible. Not only that, but students were wearing their “Beat Norwalk” tees.
Years pass and students graduated. It’s no secret that the stands are becoming more and more empty each time.
Some students just don’t care. Emmanuel Yescas (‘20) believes that it’s pointless. “What’s the point of it? What am I gaining from it? Absolutely nothing. Why would I want to wear a big M on my shirt just so everyone can know I go to Brien McMahon. School spirit is no better than gangs,” he says.
When people complain, the first person they usually go to is senior class president Victoria McCaffrey. When asked about the lack of spirit, she explained that a lot of people are mainly focus on their studies rather than going to school events. The harsh reality is that some people just don’t feel connected which prevents them from feeling any type of pride for their school.
“If they don’t feel a connection to the school then they’re kind of less likely to feel pride in their school. If they have something going on like being on a sports team or band or something they feel a connection to, then they have more of a connection to the spirit of the school,” she says.
Back in March, the senior fashion show was also almost canceled. The show was originally set for early March, but due to the lack of people signing up, it was pushed back to late March. The reason being that a lot of seniors weren’t taking it seriously and didn’t turn in the necessary paperwork to participate until they were given warnings about having the event canceled.
Unfortunately, Mr. McMahon was canceled because not enough students from the class of 2019 were interested in participating. Although the event was held last year, there was a lack of people in the audience.
“Since I’ve been here, I noticed that a lot of school spirit has diminished, but I really hope that the officers, athletes, club organizers and everyone at McMahon can realize that we have such a great school. Passion for school is good,” says McCaffrey.
Although the class of 2019 did not get to do Mr. McMahon, we are hoping that next year things will be different and that people begin to realize that school spirit is important for our peers to connect with each other. When we dismiss our traditions, we divide the school and we are no longer as whole as we once used to be.