Pirate Palooza, the most exciting week of the school year, started on Monday, February 20th. Activities included: Gatorball, Team Trivia Throwdown, Dress Up Days, and the first ever Color Run at Porter Ridge High School.
Dress Up Days allow students to show their creativity by dressing up to match a theme given to each day of the Pirate Palooza Week. The themes this year were: Fashion Disaster Day (Monday), Human vs. Wild (Tuesday), Movie Character Day (Wednesday), Country vs. Rapper vs. Rockstar (Thursday), and Hawaiian Day (Friday). Student Council (StuCo) members voted on each other’s ideas and the most popular themes were selected.
Each member of Student Council was looking forward to something more than anything else during the week. When asked, senior Cameron Aycoth responded, "I’m excited to see the student body dress up and get involved." Senior Ashlynne Varieur responded, "Seeing the Fall and Winter sports together at the Pep Rally," when asked what her favorite part of Pirate Palooza Week was going to be.
This year, Porter Ridge High School hosted its first ever Color Run. StuCo decided that hosting a dance this soon after the Homecoming Dance was not something they wanted to do. This is where the idea of holding a Color Run came to life. "It’s a great way to keep the school active while simultaneously having fun," said StuCo President Brennan Halkidis.
Through events like these and under the leadership of their faculty sponsor, Jennie Yearick, StuCo raises school spirit and embraces the creativity that students possess. StuCo’s next project will be assisting in the registration process of rising 9th graders by doing presentations and taking them on school tours.