by Val Gonzaga
All around, there is talk about it. Every high school student sees it on their social media feeds and either completely ignores it, or maybe gives some slight interest. School spirit is in each and every one of our students’ veins and this year, we seem to be bleeding blue and gold. Taking a look around, more Barons definitely are going into full drive to dress up for these spirit days. Whether it is the increase of vividly detailed posters that look like they are coming straight out of an art museum, advertising, or just a change in heart, Bonita Vista definitely stepped up its game when it comes to showing their school pride.
“Our ASB is way better this year; we just promote [spirit] more. We make more posters and influence others, and encourage them to be spirited,” senior ASB Commissioner of Spirit and Activities, Gabi Hernandez said.
The ASB introduced new spirit weeks during these past two months such as Shark Week (summer/beach themed) and ComicCrown (a play on San Diego’s Comic-Con) which skyrocketed in participation and inspired a medley of different costumes, face paint, and hairstyles. From faces to posters, Barons colored the campus with blue and gold. Pleasing to the eye, these colorful signs are one of the biggest contributors to the increase in expressing school spirit.
“Whether it’s advertising for spirit weeks, clubs, or Baron pride, posters serve as means of welcoming to both students and visitors alike,” senior ASB Commissioner of Art, Victor Escobedo said.
Advertising through social media also made its mark in contributing to the increase in student participation. Hernandez attributes much of ASB’s success in boosting school spirit to their twitter accounts.
Because of the extensive use of social media, more and more people know about spirit weeks, after school events, and extracurriculars.
“Participation brings unity because everyone is doing the same thing,” ASB Attorney General and senior, Cameron Short said.
Recently, with the fall sports assembly school pride flooded the halls where the assistant principals had no choice but to send students, adorned in Baron gear, away due to overcapacity in the gym. Previously, the auditorium could hold all students attending the assembly. This year, Baron enthusiasm increased ten fold.
Barons always come together for spirit weeks. This universal sentiment of school pride continues to unite the four classes of Bonita Vista. With this sense of belonging, it should make everyone proud to attend the school.
“Everybody would have a good time if they all participated; it makes us feel like one big family,” sophomore Frank Rodriguez said.
School unity extended entirely with the promotion of spirit days. Bonita’s ASB advisor, Mr. Alvarez explained that the whole school seems a lot happier and is having fun experimenting with how they express Baron pride.
“It’s a fresh start, a lot more optimistic and positive,” Alvarez said.
Hopefully, this high point in Baron pride is not short lived and continues through the year with as much energy as it has now. The bar is set high, but with this increase in dedication, Barons will without a doubt remain prideful.
“Participate, have fun. High school years are supposed to be the best four years of your life, so just do it,” Alvarez said.