(L-R) Sophomores Jimbo Smith and Evan Duncan thrill the crowd with their acrobatic performance. Photo: Fred Assaf

With school resuming on Wednesday, Jan. 3 after the winter break, Spirit Week was reduced to three days this year rather than the usual five, causing dismay among many of the students. Spirit Week has been a Pace tradition for decades and has evolved into an extravaganza.

In 2016, it lasted the full five days and last year it was shortened by just one day due to when New Year’s Day fell on the calendar. Next year Spirit Week will likely return to the typical five-day week.

Many students, especially underclassmen, particularly enjoy the light homework load during Spirit Week and look forward to the practices in the evening. Students also love the bond their grade creates from the practices, as they come together as one team and cooperate to put the dance together. “It was a really great opportunity to come together at [Peachtree Road United Methodist Church] for three straight nights to practice our dance,” said sophomore Ben Crawford. “We worked very hard and the progress and bonds we made cannot be forgotten.”

The freshman class is always excited to participate in this upper school annual tradition. They were bummed, however, to discover that their first Spirit Week would be limited to three days. “I wish we had longer to practice our dance, but overall I enjoyed my first Spirit Week and look forward to the next three,” said freshman Jordy Elster.

Spirit Week has evolved to allow the students, returning and new, to display their talents that others may not have known about. Even if dancing may not be in their blood, seeing the rest of their classmates dancing to the music gives most the courage to do so, too. Having only three practices this year allowed for little time for students to break out of their shell, but they were still able to enjoy being with their friends and have a good time. 

Many seniors were sad to see their last Spirit Week cut short, and found it more difficult to incorporate all the festivities that the week has to offer. Some of these include dressing up according to a theme each day, late night practices, and spending the night at school to decorate. “I was really looking forward to having all five days of Spirit Week this year so I could dress up to each theme for a full week,” said senior Isaiah Kelly. “I still went all out each day, however, and will really miss Spirit Week as I move on to college.”

According to Mr. Gannon, there are a few benefits of the three-day Spirit Week. “Normally, the decorations around the school get torn down by the fourth day,” he said. “With the shorter week the decorations could be fully appreciated.”