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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

January 29, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Take 2: How the Seahawks bring out my school’s spirit

Madrona 12th Man Pride copyBY ANTHONY EDWARDS

Developing a school spirit day that everyone likes is almost impossible. Having an environment with kindergarteners to eighth-graders makes typical school events that try to draw interest from all ages challenging.

Last year, though, it felt as though everyone at my school had a sense of community.

Why? It’s because of the Seahawks.

Annual school-wide spirit days traditionally occur before winter break, and last school year our usual Pajama Day and Neon Day were scheduled. The spirit days before break drew the normal turnout of around 50 percent, but a snow day on Friday before break canceled one that was scheduled. When we came back in January, though, the Hawks were making their playoff run.

Before the NFC Championship Game, one of the staff members really pushed the promotion of “Blue Friday”. This day was to make up for the lost spirit day due to snow, and it totally worked. It was Jan. 17, 2014, and  all I saw was blue and green. I’m an avid fan, so I wore everything Hawks. Seeing this unusual sense of community with the whole school was amazing.

Then, near the end of the school day, everyone gathered on the track to form the two biggest numbers I’ve ever seen – 1 and 2. Around 500 students and staff members gathered that day to form this scene. Two teachers directed the event and took many pictures. While they were doing this, the field was a crazy scene. We were all recreating the noise at “The Clink” as well as we could. Our picture turned out great. The photo was shown on some websites in the next few days. After the great win over the 49ers, the school erupted in blue for the next two weeks.

As everyone knows, the Super Bowl parade Wednesday after the win drew an amazing crowd. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in downtown Seattle. My school felt deserted that day. In class, we watched the parade on TV, since a lesson would have been useless. Roughly half the students were at the parade.

This year’s playoffs have brought plenty of hype, too. In geometry, we have been planning for the middle school to stand in the formation of the Hawks logo, similar to last year’s photo. Kids have been in a competition to see who can design the perfect play.  One Friday, we spent our Social Studies class watching Chancellor’s big hits  and other Hawks highlights. The morning announcement video showed our principal dressed in Hawks green and with others holding up a 12th Man flag to start the show.

The only thing on everyone’s mind every day seems to be the Hawks. The Seahawks have built more community in the past few years then I could have ever imagined in Seattle. It’s especially true in schools.

Thank you, Russell and the Legion Of Boom, for making our school come alive.

Go, Hawks!

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Anthony Edwards, 13, lives in Kenmore and attends Madrona, a kindergarten-through-eighth school in Edmonds. He has been swimming and playing basketball since he was 5 and wants Ultimate Frisbee to become a professional sport. Anthony is an avid fan of all Seattle sports, especially the Hawks and Huskies,  and wants the Sonics to come back. 

 

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