Spirit Week starts strong with Spring Sports Rally featuring 7 athletic teams


Alena Suleiman

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) members demonstrate how to play the hula hoop game. This game required teams to step through a hula hoop one at a time while holding hands.

Spring Spirit Week kicked off with the Spring Sports Rally featuring athletes from girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, boys golf, boys tennis, baseball, swimming and track and field, who competed in a series of friendly games in the Zhang Gymnasium yesterday.

Upper school chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine opened the rally before handing the mic to Nick Delfino (12), who explained game rules and provided commentary throughout the remainder of the event. In the first game, each team chose three representatives to participate in a cup stacking relay. Boys volleyball took the early lead in the rally, with baseball and girls lacrosse coming close in second and third.

“It was really nice to get to cheer on the teammates and see everything happening,” girls lacrosse player and rally participant Jessica Zhou (12) said. “Especially from up there, it was pretty chaotic, but in a really fun way, especially when you’re actively knowing that you’re competing against other teams. As a team, we were strategizing what we wanted to do and how to beat the other teams.”

Next, each team put their musical knowledge to the test, sending one representative to participate in “Guess the Song” featuring “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift, “Classic” by MKTO, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and more. Boys volleyball added to their winning streak, while golf emerged as the runner up team.

Track and field emerged victorious in the third game, where the teams competed to answer sports trivia questions, and the fourth game, which required teams to step through a hula hoop one at a time while holding hands. After tallying each team’s total points, Nick announced boys volleyball as first place winners of the rally, with girls lacrosse and track and field coming in second and third respectively.

“I think [spirit sports rallies] are such a great idea,” Emily Mitnick (10) said. “As athletes, we’re not allowed to participate in a lot of spirit events like football games, ultimate frisbee, and more, but this was just a fun way to compete with no stakes and get some recognition from the school.”

Boys tennis player Rohan Bhowmik (12) appreciates how the rally served not only as an exciting start to spirit week but also an opportunity to bond with his teammates.

“I think the sports rally did a good job cheering people up for spirit week,” Rohan said. “[Some members of Boys Tennis] were reluctant to even sign up at first, but it was nice representing our team and getting closer with each other.”

Looking ahead, more spirit events are scheduled to take place later this week with the regatta and belly flop competitions taking place tomorrow and the Spring Spirit Rally on Friday, which will feature the much anticipated spirit dances performed by each class.

“I’m looking forward to the spirit dance [on Friday] because I’ve personally put a lot of effort into it,” sophomore council representative Sam Parupudi (10) said. “All of our hard work will culminate in the few minutes we have to perform our dance, and I think that payoff is going to be very satisfying.”