Winter Court Sweeps into East Ridge
Written by Clara Grismer
In every life, there are defining moments. For some, it’s birth. A first cat. The adoption of a sibling. It may be a junior-high relationship. Acceptance into college. Or even a second marriage.
Regardless of its nature, however, these are the moments for which everyone waits. Those that have the power to redirect the course of one’s life.
And never have the winds of change blown colder than for a handful of high school students at East Ridge High School this Winter Week. As always, the East Ridge student body has elected their 2017 Winter Court and so affected the destiny of the forty teenagers chosen.
In the words of one Winter Court nominee, “What I love most about the Winter Court is that it’s not like a popularity office. Or some signifier of social standing. But it’s based on who will be able to best represent the spirit of East Ridge High School, which is what Winter Week is all about. Am I right? Go Raptors!”
As a tradition, Winter Week is an important platform for the building of community and reignition of school spirit in the middle of the school year. And if school spirit is the nurtured child, the Winter Court is its doting parents. As members of the court, these Winter Princes and Princesses are given the precious opportunity to serve as leaders at Winter Week events, like the respectable Powder-Poof Boy’s Volleyball tournament and Broadway-worthy Coffee House showcase.
Yet even outside special events, nothing warms the winter months quite like our fiery displays of school pride. From dressing up and hyping out, this week turns all of us Raptors into our own Super-Fans at East Ridge High School.
In light of pride, however, it’s important to note that we all show school spirit in different ways. Some by running around in spandex and kneepads, others by singing toddler-tunes in turtlenecks, and still others by composing satirical articles for the school newspaper.
Whatever the manner, however, what matters is how they showcase individuality. Much like a court based entirely on integrity of character and personal merit, it is our own unique expression of school spirit that makes East Ridge the community that it is.
And that embrace of individualism, when allowed to flourish in the freedom of high school environments, might just create those defining moments we are searching for this Winter Week.