Duel of the Districts Spirit week!

Anderson Lee (12)

What did the virtual spirit week lack in comparison to the ones in-person?

“I [was] not able to see my classmates dressed up [in-person,] which felt [odd].”

Did the event serve as a way for you to feel connected with your school spiritually? Why or why not?

“The event showed that even if not physically [attending] school is hard for some people, the Assistant Student Body [ASB] is doing their best to make the year better [by allowing] students to participate in virtual school activities. Still, it is hard to feel connected [to others] through the Internet.”

Would you rather eat a raw egg or a spoonful of hot sauce every day for the rest of your life?

“I would rather eat a raw egg because of its protein [content].”

If you could switch bodies with anyone for a day, who would it be?

“I would switch bodies with LeBron James so I could be prepared to get into the NBA and become the G.O.A.T.”

Brandie Marquez (12)

How did you feel about the Duel of the District (DOTD) Spirit Week? Why?

“I think that we definitely could have done better. We [could have] shown more school spirit [by having] more students participate.”

Did you enjoy partaking in the various activities that were there?

“It was really fun and I got to show [others] a part of me that they might have never seen before.”

Overall, did you gain anything from the experience other than just spirit points?

“[I learned that] we definitely need to [get more students] to participate next time.”

What would you say to the students who did not participate?

“Participate in the future! It is super fun, and [does not involve] much work. [All you have to do is] post on your story and use some hashtags.”

What do you look forward to when you wake up the next day?

“I look forward to running right when I wake up. It is such a great start to my day because it [makes me] feel accomplished.”

Gio Gudiel (11)

Overall, did you feel like the DOTD event made you feel more inclined to show off your school spirit? How so?

“I feel like the event made me feel more inclined to show off my school spirit, especially [given] our current circumstances. It [provided me with] an outlet that made me feel connected to other people even [though] we are all apart.”

Compared to previous years, how was this year’s district-wide spirit week different? Was the experience completely foreign to you since everything was online?

“This year’s district-wide spirit week was [definitely] different because it was [virtual], but it [was still able to] make us feel like we were all together.”

How did you find out about the event? Were you surprised that so much effort was put into organizing this event for our district’s high-school students?

“I found out about the event through the school’s Instagram account, and I was surprised at the efficiency of [our] ASB board. I think that they did a pretty good job.”

If you were stuck on an island, what would be the three things you would bring?

“I would bring a lighter, a water filter and my sketchbook.”

If one wish could be granted to you right now, what would it be?

“I would bring back everybody that was lost this year [due to the coronavirus]. I think we lost a lot of great people that did not deserve to die.”

Nashali Maldonado (11)

Did you find the implementation of a district-wide virtual spirit week fun and thrilling? Why or why not?

“I would say that the [DOTD] spirit week was less fun than the ones we have had in the past. I felt like the [concept] could have been introduced better and [more things] could have been done to get the students more excited for it.”

What was one aspect of the event that you liked or disliked?

“I liked [all of] the [activities] for each day except Tuesday, which was ‘New year, new goals.’ I thought that the theme was a little generic.”

Do you believe that Wilson could have done better in terms of having a higher rate of student participation?

“I feel like Wilson could have [definitely] did better. Since [the event] was virtual, that was probably why Wilson came in last. [Usually], Wilson [students] have pretty good school spirit, but I think that the pandemic [substantially decreased] the motivation of students to participate in events.”

If someone you cared about dry texted you, what would your response be?

“I would try my best to make the conversation more interesting. [However], I would be pretty upset, and try to see if anything is [bothering that person.]

Who is your favorite music artist?

“My favorite music artist would either be Umi or Giveon.”

William Wei (10)

Did you participate in the spirit week? Why or why not?“No, because I felt like I was not motivated enough to. I just did not think that [my participation] was necessary.”

Do you think that the district-wide event was able to increase the student spirit in Wilson? How so?

“No, I believe that [most of] the student body participated [in the activities] just for points. I do not think that students wanted to participate because they had [school spirit].”

Could anything have been improved in the coordination of the event? Did you feel like the activities were lacking in interest or enjoyment?

“I felt like the [event coordinators] should have chosen activities that targeted the [broader] interests of the students. I did not think that it was entertaining since the activities did not [capture my interest].”

If you could have 24 hours to do whatever you want without feeling fatigued, what would you do?

“I would keep playing basketball nonstop.”

If you could have the ability to transform into an animal for the rest of your life, what animal would you choose?

“I would become a unicorn so I can make [little] kids believe that unicorns are real.”

Sabrina Yeh (10)

Did you think that the district event was well organized by the student representatives? How so?

“I feel like the event was pretty well organized since the posts on the [Wilson] Instagram account were [helping students] become more encouraged [to participate.]”

Did you feel motivated to join in the fun?

“I did feel encouraged to join in the fun since I wanted to win [against] the other schools [in the district].”

How did you feel when Wilson ended up having the least amount of student participation in the district?

“I was a little disappointed when I saw that we received last place for all of the [spirit days], and I felt that [Wilson] should have done a lot better.”

If you were able to travel forwards or backwards in time to any year, which year would it be and why?

“I would go back to [any year] that came before the pandemic because I miss interacting with my friends and being able to be at school.”

What is one celebrity that you look up to?

“I do not really [fancy] any celebrities out there right now, so I [look up to] myself.”

Yuu Duffy (9)

Transitioning to high school, what are some thoughts you have regarding this school year’s district-wide spirit week? How was it compared to middle school?

“Transitioning to high school, I [felt] that it was going to be fun being able to compete with other schools in [the] area. [High school] is more exciting since I was never able to experience such [thrill] in middle school.”

Did the thought of cultivating school spirit through an online event surprise you?

“Yes, since it [felt] different not being able to see other [people] in person.”

What are some things you found enjoyable about the event? Even if you were not able to participate, what was so interesting about it?

“[One thing] that I found enjoyable [was] seeing everybody’s creativity. Even though everything was online, it was cool being able to see people posting [entertaining] Instagram stories [in order] to participate in the spirit week.”

If you could meet any person, (dead or alive), who would it be?

“It would probably be Lil Yachty. He seems like such a cool person in interviews and I [find his] big shoe collection [fascinating].”

What is the best way to spend free time during the quarantine?

“The best way to spend free time [in quarantine] is talking to your friends. I find it [enjoyable] to talk to them since it is good for my mental health, [especially] during these tough times.”

Selina Guo (9)

Did the new implementation of an online district-wide spirit week feel necessary to you? How so?

“It did not feel that necessary since it did not [seem] like [there] was a big competition among [the different] schools. To me, the [‘Duel of the District’ aspect of the] spirit week did not feel like it even existed.”

Do you think that it was worth it for students to participate in the event? What do you think was gained by the students from this experience?

“I personally think that [the experience] would be worth it for certain people since they would be able to know what it feels like to [participate] in a school event during the pandemic. Personally, I was not the biggest fan of the [spirit week].”

Did the activities in the spirit week feel like they would be as enjoyable as the activities you would do in person? Why or why not?

“I definitely think that a spirit week in person would make [students] feel more immersed in the experience. During online schooling, it feels like [participating would be] more of a hassle since all [people] want to do is relax.
If you had to use three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

“Tall, chill and forgetful.”

Would you rather be forced to always stay home or never be home?

“Never be home. Technically, I do not [have to] be home to feel at home. I can just go somewhere else [with a] comfortable environment.”

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