A HIES Tradition Uncovered
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Year after year, the Activities Committee outdoes itself by decorating the halls, planning pep rallies, and endorsing dress up days to celebrate the HIES tradition of Winterfest. While the event can be simply described by faraway observers as, “basically homecoming but for basketball,” true Golden Bears know the depth behind the ongoing ritual.
Winterfest is a celebration of the winter sports including basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling and cheerleading. The week is filled with numerous matches for the various sports. However, the friday night basketball game gains the most attention. Decked in white, the majority of the student body cheered the Bears on to victory as they took on the Lovett Lions. The boys match was a blowout game with an end score of 77-42. The girls team also took the win but with a closer score of 62-54.
To accompany the spirit of Winterfest, various days of the week are allotted a theme. For this, students are encouraged to dress up in costumes within the boundaries of the theme and handbook. These dress up days give students a chance to express their creativity and school spirit.Ansley McGhee, senior head of the Activities Committee and Director of Winterfest says, “Over the summer I came up with a couple of different themes that sounded good for Homecoming and Winterfest. The committee holds meetings to brainstorm and mix ideas until we come up with set ones.” This Winterfest, the dress up days were as follows: Tuesday- Holiday Day, Wednesday- Alter Ego Day, and Friday- Climate day. Seeing the costumes that students come up with adds excitement to the everyday routine.
Fun costumes are not the only thing that have the student body in high spirits. Pep rallies held on the first and last day of the week give students a chance to come together in celebration of the school and its sports.. The Tuesday morning pep rally offers unique activities such as team dances, professional hulahoopers and costume competitions. At the end of the week, a school-wide pep rally occurs, putting everyone in a good mindset for the game that evening. Ansley mentioned that, “We make sure everything is worthwhile, especially the pep rallies.”
Last but not least is the Saturday night dance. Equipped with a theme, the Winterfest dance is a casual time for students to let loose on the dance floor. This year, students pulled out their best high heeled boots and sparkles for the disco themed dance. Not only is there a DJ, strobe lights, and fog, but there is also a professional photo booth available for everyone’s enjoyment. All in all, this school event hardly disappoints and HIES can expect great things for the years to follow.