New Life Christian High Beat; March madness brings fun
March madness approaches — not just the NCAA basketball tournament, but a flurry of activities that began in mid-February and culminate in March highlight the school year at New Life Christian School.
Morale soared high as students across the campus celebrated Spirit Week, a "fun and fantastic week," junior Brittnie Juetten said. Held Feb. 4-8, the much-anticipated week of fun and games did not disappoint and was topped off with homecoming on Feb. 8.
NLCS Spirit Week has been around since 1981, and it's proudly celebrated by this generation of students who keep the spirit going.
This year, each day of Spirit Week had a specific theme. Monday was crazy hair and socks. Tuesday was pajama day. Wednesday was favorite sports jersey day. Thursday was ugly hat and sweater day. It was also when each class pinned their banner up on the gymnasium wall to be judged for a contest. The banners were all original artwork created by the members of the class.
Friday was red, white and black day — our school colors. The entire school met in the gym for a good old-fashioned pep rally that included skits performed by each class that showed off dance skills, costumes and, usually, humor. The pep rally was run by the seniors, who announced the winners of the banner contest and conducted games for the elementary grade students to participate in.
Friday evening, both the girls and boys basketball teams played their hearts out on our carpeted gym floors. At the conclusion of the game, Nick South and Haley Moody were crowned king and queen, respectively.
All that glamour meant a 30-minute picture session as moms, dads and grandparents snapped photo after photo. After the coronation, the school traveled a short distance to the Lord's Gym of Yuba County, where we pigged out on pizza and played games like ping-pong.
Our alumni basketball game was March 1, when former NLCS students took on the current team. It's always entertaining. Pride is on the line when the "gray beards" try to relive their glory days.
Friday is our "spring formal," traditionally an evening of tuxedos and beautiful gowns, dinner and a theatrical performance. March 21 is our annual science fair, where students put a great deal of effort into their science fair projects.
Some students pour their heart into their projects and end up with interesting and complex experiments while others procrastinate and finish simple but modest achievements. Ribbons are awarded for the best experiment. It's a great sight to see them all together in the gym on that day.
No one seems to get overwhelmed with all that's going on. I asked senior Kayleigh Ramirez what fuels her during this busy time of the year. "My friends; they have become like a second family. They are usually pretty supportive and helpful," she said.
Friends can be a huge support in finishing the school year. The events that take place at school can be cool, but what makes them memorable is the camaraderie of friendship.