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Let’s Hear It For School Spirit

Christian Brothers school spirit can be seen in various ways, such as creative posters produced in the LSLO, cheers that Falcon Force encourages all to chant, and celebratory dress up days during special weeks. However, the most important aspect of school spirit on campus is us, the students here at CB. We have the ability to […]

Christian Brothers school spirit can be seen in various ways, such as creative posters produced in the LSLO, cheers that Falcon Force encourages all to chant, and celebratory dress up days during special weeks.

However, the most important aspect of school spirit on campus is us, the students here at CB. We have the ability to bring pep to our daily school life, football games, and rallies. It is put in our hands, the hands of the students, to make school spirit as great as we wish to. 

Of course, we have Falcon Force, who facilitates the idea of school spirit, but it is the students job to implement it. Although it is Falcon Force’s job to lead rallies, student sections and football games, Falcon Force leader Kennedy Cunha (‘22), explains that “as Falcon Force, we can only do so much.”

“If people do not want to participate or do not want to cheer, it makes it really difficult to want to have fun, and it’s really difficult for people to want to be excited for games. We can do our best to bring hype to the game, whether that’s posters or cheers, confetti cannons, chalk… but, it’s really the students that decide if they want to participate in the cheers or not.”

During the past year and a half, students here at CB have missed out on parts of the vital high school experience, which include being a part of a spirited student section. Sophomores and freshmen are pretty much in the same boat — they just don’t understand how CB spirit works. Understandably too, the juniors and seniors missed out on a huge chunk of high school, so they don’t have much to learn from. 

However, now that we are back full-time, it is important we take advantage of the CB Falcon pride that the school has been filled with for so many years. Not to mention for most of us, coming together with our class to be spirited can bring us closer together, which is something we have certainly missed out on during the pandemic.

Falcon Force member Eliza Mikacich (‘22) explains that school spirit is a great way for classes to become more in tune with their peers and the school itself.

“I feel like among all of the students, the one thing we share is we all go to Christian Brothers, so we can all share our love for the community and what we’re a part of by showing our spirit for the school. I feel like it brings students together…it’s a fun bonding experience.”

During these past few months, Sophomore Class Council member Emerson Reel (‘24) can attest that being spirited and actively participating at CB events has made him feel an attachment to his surrounding community.

“Being a part of the cheering section makes me feel a part of the CB community,” Emerson shares. “It’s a time where we all just come together and have fun with friends and the rest of the student body.”

One of the Five Lasallian Core Principles in which CB prides itself upon is Inclusive Community.

“I think school spirit is a crucial part of an inclusive community,” Kennedy explains.

School spirit at events is a gigantic part of the “high school experience”. Some may believe a traditional experience at high school consists of cheerleaders yelling from the sidelines with a megaphone in hand, football players scoring touchdowns left and right, the band playing loud and clear every Friday night, and students crowding the stands at every game possible.

While this all may be what makes high school memorable for some, the only way we can be a part of these experiences is if we as students do our part: bring the spirit.  

“I think it’s really important to be spirited at school,” Emerson says, “If you aren’t spirited, I feel like you aren’t immersing yourself into the community and high school experience enough.” 

And hey, I get it: attending school events and being preppy is not everyone’s thing. But what we all can do to bring a sense of spirit to the Christian Brothers campus is be proud of our school. Eliza says, with a huge grin on her face, “Be proud of the school you are going to. Show it!”

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