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posted May 22, 2010, 3:28 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 5:49 AM by Sites Admin ]
~ Deanna (Jenkins) Nichols, 89

Former Faith students remember donning outlandish attire for theme days such as Class Colors Day, Super Heroes Day and Nerd Day all in the name of Spirit Week, where school unity and class competition go hand-in-hand. Spirit Week at Faith Academy has been around for as long as anyone can remember and has only changed slightly in format over the years. The changes are worth noting, however.

There is presently an emphasis on creativity with one of the main events being Hall Decorating. Each class stays after school on a given day, decorating hallways with color- ful butcher paper and props, each class working towards creating a common theme. This year’s Spirit Week themes were Carnival (by the Seniors); Honey, I Shrunk the Juniors (Juniors); Wild West (Sophomores) and Bedtime Stories (Freshman). Seniors won first place for their creation of the Carnival Theme using ideas like Face Painting, Rodeo, even a Kissing Booth! The morning after the decorat- ing,the younger grades and staff had an opportunity to tour the halls while each class acted out roles going along with their fea- tured theme and costumes.

A decade ago, it was quite common to see Juniors challenging Seniors in class cheers, chants or songs during lunch. In present years, Spirit Week com- petitions have become less of a “high-volume event” and more of a “battle-of-the-minds” using teacher trivia and scavenger hunt activities during school assemblies.

This year’s Spirit Week Assembly was led by School Chaplain, Don MacKay and Student Council President, Campbell McKinney. Among several fun challenges, the classes were asked to count all redheaded representatives of their class as well as to come up with the largest cell phone in the auditorium. Money was also raised for a local children’s ministry, A4J (All for Jesus) by challenging each class to make a string of bills and coins to stretch the full length of their generosity.