We Got Spirit, Yes We Do!
by Amanda Vargas
WALSENBURG- “John What? John Mall!” was chanted with power while the flames of the J.M. glowed. Homecoming spirit started on Sunday the 14th when classes began showing school spirit by decorating hallways and floats with the theme of board games. The weekdays were filled with fun and excitement: Monday- sports and hat day, Tuesday- Clash day (dress funky), Wednesday- Switch day (boys and girls switch clothes), and Thursday- purple and white day. Laughs echoed through the cafeteria as the boys of JMHS showed their feminine side and girls showing a manly side. Thursday purple and white was worn by everyone. As students arrived for the pep assembly they noticed an energetic and motivating Panther welcoming the student body. Stomping their feet and losing voices as they yelled “We got spirit /yes we do, we got spirit how about you?” all classes where involved with the help of the 2008/2009 student council who put together a great week, and a terrific assembly that brought back spirit that John Mall hasn’t seen in a long time. That spirit in the gym that afternoon pumped up the JMHS volleyball girls and brought them to their victory against Rocky Ford. All teams won with great pride and spirit. That evening the bonfire was a great success as “Panther Pride, Panther Pride” was shouted. Senior girls gave speeches and had tears of joy and heartache at their last year here. Football captains motivated the crowd and got pumped up for Friday’s game against Peyton Panthers. All athletes and students ran around the field as the fire died. The spirit didn’t end there, it’s in the halls of John Mall with a new sense of pride.