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Mountainside shows school spirit

SCHROON LAKE - The students and faculty of Mountainside Christian Academy recently displayed their school spirit and revealed their inner Viking by participating in a pep rally and spirit week that involved several unique wardrobe adjustments.

The pep rally was a loud and exciting time of friendly competition for the entire school. To kick it off, varsity basketball Captain Beth Sewall initiated a screaming contest between the elementary and high schools. After their introduction as this year's Mr. and Mrs. Viking, Rob Smith and Rosemary Harvey paraded around the gymnasium wearing crowns and tossing candy.

The real test of Viking spirit began when each basketball team was requested to prepare an original cheer for the pep rally. The boys team prepared an innovative and unique routine, which began with jumping over one another, leapfrog style, out of the locker room. Following that demonstration, they performed a practice drill,and formed a human trampoline for seventh grader Brandon Mieras, tossing him high into the air.

The girls team followed. Bolting from the locker room door, they ran, screaming and waving blue and gold pompoms, in a lap around the gymnasium. Forming line, they broke out into the "spirit" cheer, followed by the "cheer" routine, starring seventh grader Carrie Sewall as the main stunt artist.

All throughout the week, students were working to design an award winning blue board. Each grade was given a different letter as the theme of their board, which spelled SPIRIT. During lunch on the day of the pep rally, all the teachers judged the work of the students to determine which board was the best. The gymnasium grew quiet with anticipation as Principal Conni Phillips prepared to announce the winner. The obvious effort put into the seniors 3-D Viking ship and "intensity" theme yielded the traditional prize of candy.

Spirit week costume themes included superheroes, ninjas, decades, blue and gold Vikings, mismatching, crazy hair and accents, Disney characters, and class coordination.

Class day in particular was a favorite. The most memorable class was the seniors with their original idea of a family. Sara DeVol and Johnny Fraiser wore the most outstanding outfits, completing their roles as grandma and grandpa. They were still sporting their costumes as they kept score from the sidelines of the game Friday night.

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