Bear Lake Schools celebrate Homecoming 2018

BEAR LAKE — Nothing can stir up the fun and excitement in a school than Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game and dance.

Cartoons will be lining the hallways of Bear Lake Schools by the end of the week. One of the annual activities students take part in during Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game is each class decorates portion of a hallway. This year the theme is cartoon characters and students have been working hard all week on it.

Cartoons will be lining the hallways of Bear Lake Schools by the end of the week. One of the annual activities students take part in during Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game is each class decorates portion of a hallway. This year the theme is cartoon characters and students have been working hard all week on it.

At Bear Lake Schools, the fun started Monday and has been going strong all week in anticipating of  the basketball team’s big game against Mason County Eastern on Friday. The crowning of the king and queen will take place about 7:30 p.m. during the halftime of the varsity basketball game.

This year the court is comprised of Gage Romero (freshman representative), Bella Leffew (freshmen representative), Shaely Waller (sophomore representative), D.J. Swanson (sophomore representative), Haley May (junior representative), Curtis Kennedy (junior representative), Gary McBride (king candidate), Travis Johnson (king candidate), Kaiden Hejl (king candidate), Desiree Farnsworth (queen candidate), Yuki Babinec (queen candidate) and Emily Belinsky (queen candidate).

Principal Sarah Harless said the students have really been into all the activities taking place this week with some friendly competition and good school spirit.

“Spirit Week at Bear Lake is a chance for our students to share their love for our school in a creative, entertaining way,” said Harless. “It gives them an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents, including designing and drawing, dancing and acting. We end the week with our Teacher’s Cup, which is a battle between the classes that requires them to stretch their thinking to solve problems together as a whole class.”

Harless said the memories created this week with the students is priceless.

Making sure everything is perfect is a high priority for all the Bear Lake students as they decorate the hallways for Homecoming. The game takes place on Friday night against Mason County Eastern.

Making sure everything is perfect is a high priority for all the Bear Lake students as they decorate the hallways for Homecoming. The game takes place on Friday night against Mason County Eastern.

“Spirit Week is a focused week that encompasses all the multiple intelligences and gives the students a chance to work together and bond making lifetime memories,” she said.  “Our staff and students put in countless hours to make this week a success, and we are all exhausted at the end, but the memories that are created are lifelong.”

Each day during the week has a theme and the students are encouraged to dress accordingly to that theme. The days include 2000s Day (Monday), Animal Planet Day (Tuesday), Pun Day (Wednesday), Super Hero/Villain Day (Thursday), and Red and White Day (Friday).

Teacher Lavon Jonson and the student council have been heading up the events this year. Jonson said things are going well and the students are really into the activities.

“I am really impressed with some of the classes,” said Jonson. “The freshmen class is really stepping it up and some of the other classes are doing a lot. Luckily, we haven’t been hit by the flu or bad weather, so we have been able to do our different dress up days. The classes are competing to win the Spirit Jug which has been a tradition at Bear Lake Schools for the past 45 years since 1973.”

Classes have been competing in Mock Rock, skits and can drives to see who can bring in the most canned goods for the food bank. They earn points for each event and one of the big ones is the Bear Lake Olympics, where they will take part in things like the egg toss, sponge relay, fastest bubble contest, cartoon relay, tug-of-war and shoe scramble.

“The classes are also decorating the halls as part of the competition and this year it has to be a cartoon based theme,” said Jonson. “The seniors have Scooby Doo, the juniors the Jetsons, the sophomores have Sponge Bob and the freshmen have Garfield.”

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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