Spirit week: the one week that every Rutgers Prep student always looks forward to. It is a time where the whole school lets loose and dresses in fun clothes, experiencing a fun-filled week without being constraining to our usual business casual attire. Every year, School Council works hard to bring every student together with the dress-down days, fun activities, and competitive games.
This year was another success. Spirit Week began with Monday’s Pajama Day where students could literally roll out of bed and come to school if they wanted to. With styles varying from sweatpants and t-shirts to onesies, students could come to school in sweats without having to get demerits from Ms. Corrigan or Mr. Domanski!
Monday was also the day every grade in the Upper School rushed to finish locker decorations. All the lockers were decorated to match the theme that was randomly picked for their class: the freshman class had Sports, the sophomore class had Nick-elodeon, the junior class had Disney, and the senior class had Superheroes.
The seniors won their first event with their Superhero-themed decorations. The sophomores came in second place, the juniors came in third, and the freshmen came in last.
RPS students and teachers celebrated USA Day on Tuesday and came into school dressed in patriotic red, white, and blue. On the same day, the juniors, Nikhil Lahiri ’18 and Ikbal Ahluwalia ’18, and seniors, Pratik Reddy ’17 and Josh Kutner’ 17, competed in the school-wide Trivia Bowl.
The week before, they took part in a 100 question preliminary event where the seniors won with the highest score of 91 after correctly getting the 10-point question correct: What is Dr. Chodl’s middle name? (It’s Edward). Had they not guessed this, the juniors would have won with their 82 points.
The close final round resulted in a tie at 18-18 after the answer to the world’s longest river (it is the Nile) turned out be incorrect and was overturned. As a result, the juniors gained a point and the seniors lost one, correcting 17-19 score 18-18. Ultimately the seniors won 5-3 in the final tiebreaker.
On Wednesday, everybody in school showed their spirit by dressing all black for Blackout Day. Students of the Upper School showed their love for the young students of RPS by coloring with the Lower School and talking about what they loved about RPS.
The whole school then made their way to the Upper Gym to celebrate and watch the annual Prep Rally. At the event this year students from the Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School, and the faculty engaged in healthy competition in various games such as the Tug-of-War between different grades and the faculty and the girls versus boys Basketball Shooting Competition, which the girls won.
The next day, RPS showed school spirit with Mix-and-Match Day where people could wear plaid with stripes and mismatched socks without turning heads. On this day, each grade selected two people to represent their grade in a campus scavenger hunt. This game sent eight students running throughout the whole campus, searching for clues and solving riddles.
On the last day of spirit week, students dressed in costumes that matched their grade’s theme. The freshmen were all dressed in jerseys to match their Sports theme. The sophomores were dressed in fun and crazy costumes as their favorite Nickelodeon characters including Cosmo, Wanda, Spongebob, and Patrick The juniors showed school spirit by dressing in Disney costumes such as Mickey and Minnie. And lastly, the seniors celebrated their last Spirit Week dress down day with superhero costumes.
Besides the fun dress down day costumes, Spirit Week ended with the exciting CostcoChallenge. Four people from each grade were picked to be a part of an exciting race that involved eating large-sized Costco foods. The competitors in each grade had to collectively demolish hotdogs, chicken bakes, pizzas, and churros. The winners of the competition were the freshmen with the seniors coming close in second and the juniors and sophomores followed.
Spirit Week this year was definitely a memorable week full of fun and excitement with activities from trivia games to eating competitions. The week was a great time for the students and faculty of RPS to have fun and most importantly, to show school spirit.