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Celebrating Lynx pride, spirit, tradition

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September 25, 2013
John Elkin - Principal, Webster City High School , The Daily Freeman Journal

Now that Homecoming 2013 has come and gone, I believe it's a good time to talk about school pride, spirit, and tradition. Bob Dylan once sang that "the times they are a-changin'" and while this is true, one thing that has remained the same is the strong celebration for these things that exists in Webster City. Sure, some of those things have changed over the years - for example, Homecoming activities such as bonfires, Powder Puff football, and mud volleyball used to occur - but now in their place are other events that equally demonstrate the essence of WCHS. Consider such changes like Homecoming Coronation being moved to the evening (rather than during the school day) so more family and community members could attend or the fact that Boom Night and its skits were created so more kids could be involved in the festivities.

This was my 10th homecoming in Webster City and while they all have been outstanding, I must say this most recent one was exceptional: Spirit Week - which included Dress-up Days, Boom Night, and the homecoming parade - were amazing in regards to student participation and involvement. Boom Night, first introduced to WCHS three years ago, witnessed not only a packed house, but also some very humorous student-produced skits. Also, instead of having a guest speaker as we've had the past two years, two former student athletes were inducted into the Webster City Athletic Hall of Fame and both of them spoke at length about what being a Lynx meant to them. For the game, our current 4-0 and No. 10 ranked football team defeated Iowa Falls-Alden, 34-0, and to cap off the week, more than 400 kids attended the homecoming dance.

We also celebrate the spirit and tradition of WCHS in other ways. Six years ago a Webster City Athletic Hall of Fame was created to honor the accomplishments of former graduates, athletes, and coaches; until 2008, no such thing existed at WCHS even though Hall of Fames are staples for many schools across the state. I will also add that WCHS's Athletic Hall of Fame is probably better than most other schools in respect to appearance: take a walk I the outer foyer of our competition gym and you will see a splendid display of plaques, trophies, and pictures that exemplify the past.

How else does WCHS honor tradition or people from the past? We have a Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame (also part of the competition gym) that celebrates distinct alumni who have accomplished some major and unique things in their lives. Also in this same wing is the Fine Arts Center and its display case is rapidly starting to fill up with awards, student work, and so forth. And just around the corner from that is the Prem Sahai Auditorium and mounted inside (on top of either side of the stage) is unique student work in the form of plaster body molds-just another way of recognizing student work at WCHS. To see more artwork produced by students, simply take a stroll down by the art rooms and you'll be able to feast your eyes on lots of student-produced creations.

What else? Annually in the Caf, Mrs. Burton displays a collage of pictures of virtually every student in the senior class. The student produced yearbook, The Torch, and the newspaper, The Paw Print, are produced on a yearly or and monthly basis, respectively, and in themselves showcase student achievement, spirit, and pride. Also, don't forget about the football website, one of the best prep ones around, that is an archival and historical center that preserves the rich tradition the Lynx have on the grid iron.

Other numerous things to honor school spirit, tradition, and pride also occur: most importantly, we have an Academic Awards Assembly twice a year to honor those students whom achieve high academic marks. As well, we are a Positive Behavioral & Intervention Supports (PBIS) school which means as a staff we recognize and acknowledge appropriate and positive student behavior. Oh yes, this year we started a Twitter page, @WCHSLynxPride which not only is used to provide students, parents, and the public with instant updates and information, but also utilized to improve school spirit and pride in a variety of ways such as posting pictures of students and their accomplishments.

I've only touched upon the surface of how WCHS recognizes and honors school spirit, pride, and tradition-but don't forget about outside organizations such as the Kiwanis and Rotary, to name but a few, who celebrate students and their achievements with various banquets and awards. These community organizations also enhance and rejoice in the core of what being a Lynx is all about.

Yep, Lynx pride, spirit, and tradition are certainly alive in Webster City.

 
 

 

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