On January 9, students of Hawaii Baptist Academy gathered together to celebrate the first day of Spirit Week, an annual tradition organized by the student council in which middle and high school grades compete together to determine which class has the most school spirit.
On each day of the week, students compete to win points for their grade by dressing up for each day’s special theme and doing well in that day’s activity.
On each day of the week, students compete to win points for their grade by dressing up for each day’s special theme and doing well in that day’s activity. This year’s overall theme is Out of This World, and classes were assigned sci-fi movies as themes for their banners, mascots and Pepper Squad performances. The final point tally is announced at halftime during the boys homecoming game on the last day of the week, and the winning grade gets the honor of claiming the coveted Mana Cup.
Monday’s costume theme was Genre Day, and in preparation, representatives of each grade randomly drew a specific literary and film genre for their grade to emulate. The Class of 2022 (7th Grade) received the Epic Fantasy theme, and the 8th Grade costumed as the Science Fiction Genre. The Freshman and Sophomore classes drew the Mystery and Dystopian themes respectively, while the Juniors dressed as Historical Fiction characters. Finally, the Senior Class of 2017 was given the Fairy Tail genre.
At the end of the day, the entire school converged for a special assembly, where each class’s costume points were announced, class banners and mascots were unveiled, and grades participated in Monday’s special competition: Tug of War. And to cap off the assembly, the faculty faced off against the Seniors in a final game of Tug of War.
Current scores after Day 1 (points)
#1 Seniors (20)
#1 Sophomores (20)
#3 8th Grade (12)*
#4 Juniors (10)
#5 7th Grade (4)*
#6 Freshman (1)
You can see a score breakdown here.
*Correction: Per the student council, eighth and seventh grade dress up points were incorrectly awarded when the scores were first posted. The eighth grade score is 12, not 14. The seventh grade score is 4 not 2. The score change does not impact the rankings.
Photographs by Ryan Su (’17), Paige Oshiro (’17), Brant Yamamoto (’18), and Kaycee Nakashima (’20).