The Power of School Spirit

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What do student athletes and coaches desire more of? What do teachers and administrators demand more of? School spirt answers both questions. Many schools across the nation do not grasp the importance of school spirit. School spirit has the power to perform miracles in the athletic and educational world, and schools have taken notice. Student athletes and coaches crave more school spirit because enthusiasm from a crowd provides a team with energy unattainable in any other circumstance. Teachers and administrators yearn for more school spirit because they wish for students to have a positive attitude when attending their school. What school district would not covet positive attitudes from their students? All schools need to intensify their school’s spirit in order to attain the positive benefits school spirit has to offer.
A tradition is something that people love to be involved in; whether it is starting a new one or participating in an ongoing one. Traditions cannot work if there is no spirit present, especially school traditions. A college in Oregon, Linfield, decided to start a tradition in attempt to raise school spirit for the upcoming sports’ seasons. Linfield held what they called “Cat Camp” (Sigler). This camp trained students in cheers and performed various activities in order to boost energy. Director of activities Dan Fergueson commented, “Cat Camp went better than we had hoped, we were excited about trying a new tradition and a new start, but we were pretty nervous that it may not have the enthusiasm that we were hoping for” (Sigler). The director was not the only one who approved of the boosted spirit; sophomore Austin Browning stated, “I loved the response from the crowd when I asked them to cheer as...

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...t plays a vital role in a school’s athletic and educational programs. School spirit has the power to start a tradition, “alter a result,” “[increase morale]” (Benavidez), and improve attitude. Students, teachers, athletes, administrators, coaches, and others can all benefit from the positive effects of school spirit. School spirit comes easy to some and hard to others, but supportive school spirit is something all schools need to experience. Schools need to make school spirit a top priority on their list of objectives because the benefits are endless. School spirit not only helps a school achieve excellence in competitive events, but school spirit has the ability to provide never ending relationships between the athletes and coaches, students and teachers, and teachers to administrators. All in all, school spirit is powerful and can change a school altogether.
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