Spirit week underway at GHS

Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Greenville High School freshman Steiner Hamilton practices for a skit his group will perform during spirit week at Greenville High School. (Advocate Staff/Patty Vaughan)

Crazy socks, floats and skits are upon Greenville High School as spirit week kicked off for the school’s homecoming, which will be capped with a showdown against Selma High School Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Every day during spirit week, the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes work in the afternoons building and creating individual floats.

“It is my understanding that this has been a long-standing Greenville High School tradition,” SGA sponsor Liz Ficken said. “Each class holds fundraisers or gets donations from their classmates, and they work together and implement a design with a faculty sponsor.”

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The theme this year is “Rock and Roll,” and each float has to portray that theme as well as Greenville High School spirit, Ficken said.

Every member of each class is invited to help with the float, but some members are working on individual skits.

The floats are required to be completely finished by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday before the parade, which will travel down Commerce Street, begins.

“It is a competition between the classes,” Ficken said. “The classes cannot reveal which float is which. It has to be anonymous, and three judges judge each float during the parade. It is out of 25 points, and the winner of the parade will contribute to a significant part of the overall scoring which determines the winning class for homecoming week.”

Throughout the week, students and faculty are allowed to dress up. Points are allotted for dressing up, winning the skit, wining the float competition, and winning the spirit stick during the pep rally.

“All of those points go to those events and go to a grand total,” Ficken said. “It will be the first, second and third place winner for the overall winner of homecoming.”

Greenville and Selma will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night.