By Caroline Marich & Paige Jackson ’24
If there’s one thing we know about the Highlanders, it’s that they sure know a thing or two about school spirit. From showing up to football games to Playing for the Cure, the freshman through the seniors really know how to show up. It’s not merely a dress-down day, it’s an entire week of fun, showing off our inner highlander. Now, let’s review fan favorites of spirit week.
On Monday, students wore Halloween costumes as it was the 31st of October. The most beloved Halloween costume on campus was won by… the Brinsmade Bears! Although it was a group costume (featuring Antonio Donohue, Stefano Marfoglia, Dom Nicholas, Greg Kenney, and Seamus Story), everyone had their own special touch and unique spin. They took the win by being productive, professional, and purposeful while simultaneously being cute and comfy.
Tuesday was decades day. From the 1950s to the future, Gunn students traveled through time on Tuesday. The best throwback goes to Highlander News’ very own Caroline Marich. Marich nailed the 80’s jazzercise look with blue leggings, layered with hot pink shorts, and a vibrant blue top. The outfit was completed with a mastered side ponytail.
Rock-a-bye baby, On the tree tops, When the wind blows the highlanders will ROCK ON with their amazing WEDNESDAY PJ OUTFITS. Wednesday’s winners were Bunny Borzilleri and Oliver Levick, who wore matching Comfys. A close second place was Audrey Richards in her show-stopping snowflake onesie.
Thursday’s theme was divided by class; salad dressing day. Freshmen were decked out in Gunn gear, sophomores in island wear, juniors in country fashion, and seniors in ancient Greek throwbacks. While the Junior class as a whole dominated as ranch dressing, honorable shoutouts to Ashleen and Holli Hay for their extremely original patterned-sheet togas. Kate also caught many eyes with her Barbie car as a part of her thousand island dressing extravaganza. Another honorable shoutout to Paige Jackson for giving her Junior speech in her costume: a purple fuzzy hat.
Friday was a classic jersey day. Students represented their favorite NHL, NFL, World Cup, or Gunn teams by wearing jerseys. Victoria Rubo took the Frederick Gunn School by storm when she showed up in her goalie pads from field hockey! Representing the field hockey team with bright orange kickers, Rubo sacrificed speed and comfort to show her school spirit.
When asked about spirit week, students showed incredible enthusiasm. “I saw some really great costumes out there,” Olivia Bond said as she described her first Gunn spirit week. “We really came together as one to see each other’s creative sides. When we’re restricted to dress code it’s hard to show everyone your true self.”
“I enjoyed seeing everyone dressing up and wearing different costumes,” Madden Albert said. “It put a smile on my face every day.”
“Decades day was my favorite. I really liked the pants,” Erin Whitney told Highlander News. Andrew Rainville and Will Bartoli also noted that “it was a really fun experience and it brought the community together.”
Highlander News can confidently announce that students had a great time, and overall, spirit week was a hit!