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CSD Productions, CSD Productions • May 30, 2024

Spirit Week and CSD Homecoming 2023 – A week that was Spartantastic

Image courtesy of CSD Student Life
Many say the first week of fall is one of the most enjoyable at CSD. In the week leading up to Homecoming, CSD has a Spirit Week full of theme days, a packed football game and the first school dance of the year.

Many say the first week of fall is one of the most enjoyable times at CSD. In the week leading up to Homecoming, CSD has a Spirit Week full of theme days, a packed football game and the first school dance of the year. 

This year, the first day of Homecoming’s Spirit Week was Twin Day. Students coordinated their outfits the day before and came to school donning matching outfits. From Ninja Turtle onesies to matching jeans and blouses, the day was full of mirror images wherever you looked.

“I twinned with Marshall Ricks (‘25),” said Alex Kuntz (‘25), “And I thought it was a great display of Spartan spirit.”

Some people who chose not to participate still thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“I forgot about twinning,” said Conner Shelton (‘25), “But I got a good laugh out of seeing everybody’s creativity.”

Twinning? Sure, pairs work well but it can even apply to groups of seven. (Image courtesy of CSD Student Life)

Overall Twin Day was a hit and many people showed out with their school spirit.

The second day of Spirit Week was Anything But a Backpack Day. As the name suggests, it was a day when students were told to bring anything but a backpack to school to carry their books and school items.

Now, at first glance, it may seem hard to substitute something for a backpack, but once you take a look you can really come up with some creative ideas.

And Spartans certainly did.

Senior, Josh Renshaw (‘24), decided to use a fully functioning, full sized grill as his backpack substitute.

No backpack? No problem. On Anything But a Backpack Day, a rolling gas grill does the trick. (Image courtesy of CSD Student Life)

There were several other creative ideas varying from coolers to wheelbarrows in the halls. Some of the more creative backpack replacements were a baby stroller brought by Rylan Cleary (‘27), a medical scooter brought by Trevor Bedson (‘26), a wheelbarrow brought by Jack Suthard (‘25) and a hobo bag on a stick brought by Jack Parrot (‘25). 

Anything But a Backpack Day was a great way for people to show their creativity and get a good laugh.

The last themed Spirit Week day was probably the most involved within the student body. PJ Day is a student body favorite that usually makes its way around a lot of schools every Homecoming season. 

At CSD, some students regularly wear PJ’s to school as they are very comfortable during the school day but PJ Day ‘23 took it to new heights. Walking into the school was surprising as there was plenty of PJ representation from the 1st to 8th blocks. 

Choosing PJ Day as the last day before the official Homecoming weekend was a great choice since it was much simpler to participate in compared to Anything But a Backpack Day or coordinating on Twin Day with someone.

While the upperclassmen advisories spent their Friday building floats, the ninth-grade advisories built games for the 8th graders to play during a two hour-long rotation. 

Some of the games included What’s in the box, a stop and go Cake Walk, How High Can You Jump, Poker and more. 

While some skill games were popular, other games were unpredictable and unscripted. 

One advisory made a play on the game What’s In The Box. They had boxes full of wet pinto beans and soap, orbeez and even a couple of dry boxes with squishy balls or legos for people who didn’t want to put their hands into the “gross” boxes.  

Before the Spartan Homecoming Pep Rally, upper class advisories came together to build floats. This year‘s float theme was “video games.” With weeks of planning, then several hours of putting the floats together, this Friday tradition symbolized the true beginning of the Homecoming tradition.

Ms. Chaffman’s advisory was one of a couple groups that built a Subway Surfers themed float. 

Building a float is not an easy process and it requires a lot of impromptu structural engineering. For example, Ms. Chaffman’s advisory float began falling apart and required a lot of quick taping to keep together. They made use of an abundant amount of spray paint, as well.

Upper class advisories built floats based around a video game theme. Ms. Chaffman’s advisory represented well. (Image courtesy of the Spartan Shield yearbook)

Overall, float building was an enjoyable tradition that freshmen should get excited to join next year.

When the floats were finished, it was time for all advisories to parade out the front door, around the school and in the back. 

After entering the gym and positioning all the floats for judging, students flooded the stands and grabbed a seat for the start of the Spartan Homecoming Pep Rally. CSD’s cheerleading team ran out and gave an incredible performance, hyping up the crowd for the main event, CSD’s iconic volleyball match – girl’s varsity volleyball team versus senior boys. It was best two out of three to ten. 

This year‘s match was intense. While the first set was an easy win for the girls, the boys made the second set a little more challenging. In the end, the girls won the volleyball game. 

Next, Josh Renshaw (‘24), CSD’s student government representative, led the student body in some games starting with a balloon pop race. The rules were simple. One student stood on the half-court line waiting for their other classmate to run into them while holding a balloon and trying to pop it between their bodies. It wasn’t always pretty but it was fun to watch.

After the balloon pop race, there was a tug-a-war round robin. Seniors started against the freshman.

Freshman, Isabel Sands (‘27), who participated in the tug-a-war, said, “It was so fun, but slightly scary because people were losing their shoes and slipping.” 

The seniors won the first tug-a-war, then sophomores battled the juniors and the juniors won. The two winners, juniors and seniors, went against each other, wrapping up the day (and week) in school. 

While every football game is fun, nothing is like the annual Homecoming game. That evening, the 2023 CSD Homecoming football game was highly entertaining and successful. While CSD didn’t have their best game, the Spartans were still able to pull off a big win on such an important night.

Under the lights at Spartan Park, the Homecoming Court and the Spartan football team were center stage. (Conner Shelton)

While some focused on football, most of the energy was on the students and the fan atmosphere. Students were not hard to find under the Friday night lights as most were dressed for the neon theme.

Bright colors and glow in the dark dominated the stands. 

With seniors leading the overflowing student section and the packed parent section nearly as loud, the Spartan family cheered on their team to a 43 – 20 victory.

And finally, one night later, students returned to school for the actual Homecoming dance. It was the big finale of the week-long celebration of school spirit.  On Saturday night beginning at 8 PM, current high school students enjoyed 2 hours of a glow-in-the-dark-themed semi-formal dance.  

The entire school was not open, attendees stayed at the front. The boundaries included both the arts and main commons with each location having something different to offer. 

In the main commons, balloons and streamers decorated the area where a DJ who was set up on the stage blasted music while colorful lights flashed.

The neon theme continued from the stands of the football game back to the high school for the final event of a long and exciting week, the Homecoming dance. (Image courtesy of CSD Student Life)

Through the doors in the arts commons, it was much quieter in terms of both sound and lighting. Tables stood with bottled water plus plates of chocolate chip cookies/brownie brittle and glow sticks dotted the area. 

Spirit Week and CSD Homecoming is definitely a crazy time on the high school calendar. This year there was a little something for everyone. It was truly Spartantastic.

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Ben Gallagher
Ben Gallagher, Editor-in-Chief

Ben Gallagher, a junior, has been at CSD since eighth grade. In his third year of journalism, he hopes to improve his interviewing skills, cover new topics and see stories through different angles. 

While at school, Ben loves to play volleyball in the gym and learn about our nation’s past in AP US History. He is also looking forward to starting English and Psychology now in eleventh grade. He plays football as a wide receiver and is a middle infielder and outfielder in baseball for the Spartans. One of his favorite memories was freshman year when Matthew Ferguson hit a walkoff three run homer against Trinity High School to send CSD to the state regional finals.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” - Lewis Caroll 

Ava Jordan
Ava Jordan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Opinions Editor

Ava Jordan is a senior who has been at CSD ever since kindergarten. This is Ava’s second year in journalism and she is very excited to continue to grow her writing and learn more about what it means to be a journalist. 

While at school, Ava enjoys her AP Psychology, as she wants to major in psychology in college. She loves AP Statistics, too, because of the satisfaction that comes with discovering how numbers interconnect and overlap. She is also a varsity tennis player who is competing for the first time for the school.

Out of school, Ava loves to go out with her friends! She looks forward to football games and going to work on the weekends. 

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Evan Mulligan
Evan Mulligan, News Editor. Staff Writer.

Evan Mulligan is a sophomore who is starting his second year both at CSD and in journalism. During his free time, Evan enjoys reading and working out. Evan is a “politics junkie” who also participates in Model UN and aspires to be a diplomat. Evan joined journalism because he wants to make a positive impact on the world through sharing his opinions.

‘’If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou

Callie Hobbs
Callie Hobbs, Sports Editor. Opinions Editor

Callie Hobbs is a junior at CSD who has been at the school since 4th grade. She joined the journalism team this year for the first time because she loves to write and is creatively inspired by the world around her.

Callie is the junior team captain of CSD’s varsity cross-country team and loves to run on trails and sidewalks/greenways. To Callie, running is an outlet to think things through. Outside of school, Callie enjoys simply relaxing, finding inspiration and dreaming up ideas for creative projects and spending time with family.

“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  -John Bingham

Isabel Sands
Isabel Sands, Podcast Editor. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Isabel Sands is in the 9th grade, beginning her fourth year at CSD. She is new to journalism because she decided to branch out and loves trying new things. She enjoys being spontaneous and believes that's truly the only way to have fun. Coming from a military family, she has developed her love of travel throughout the years and has been able to meet new people, see new places and experience new cultures.

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Conner Shelton
Conner Shelton, Sports Editor. Podcast Editor

Conner Shelton is a junior at the Community School of Davidson and is returning to journalism for a second year because he wants to  further his skills by interviewing more people and exploring different types of journalistic writing. He looks forward to meeting new people and gaining knowledge on how to become the best journalist possible. 

Conner loves to play baseball and is a member of the school’s baseball team. In his free time he loves to hangout with friends, workout and play with his dog, Charley. He has one sister who is in the 7th grade and is on the middle school volleyball team. His favorite subject is chemistry. Why? Conner enjoys the hard work and dedication that the subject takes to master.

"Hard work and dedication set the foundation for achievement." -  Wander Franco

Noah Roberson
Noah Roberson, Features Editor. Editorial Editor

Noah Roberson is entering his senior year and has been at CSD since kindergarten, so some would call him a “lifer.” Now in his first year of journalism, he hopes to learn more about writing professionally and on a deadline. He wants to pursue a career in sports communications. He is drawn to classes that will help him prepare for his future. 

In his free time, Noah likes to collect and play retro video games such as old models of Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox. Finding old gems whether it’s at a yard sale or a store is always a good feeling for him. He also enjoys spending some quality time with his family especially before he eventually departs for college.

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Cade Lacy
Cade Lacy, Student Life Editor. Staff Writer

Cade Lacy, a sophomore, has been at CSD since kindergarten…and he did it twice. This is his first year doing journalism and he’s excited to learn how to interview. Outside of school he plays football as an outside linebacker and special teams. Both positions mean he can hit. 

Cade also goes to his youth group at his church and is a Life rank in Scouts. When he’s not doing any of his activities he hangs out with his friends, looks at cars, play video games, works out and sleeps.

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