Students at Joel Barlow High School came down with a case of school spirit this fall when the school’s athletic teams had memorable, and winning, seasons.
Both girls and boys athletic teams won more games than they lost and some made it to their conference championships and state championships.
Girls volleyball went undefeated, 18-0, and won the South West Conference (SWC) championship along with the boys soccer team, which also went undefeated in the regular season and won the SWC championship title.
Both field hockey (9-5-2) and girls soccer (10-4-1) made it to the SWC semifinals and the Barlow football team (8-2) are the SWC Yankee Division champions.
Field hockey, boys soccer and girls soccer made it to the state quarterfinals and girls volleyball made it to the state semifinals.
Logan Fulton, a senior, was named the Class MM Boys Cross Country Champion.
“This year’s spirit was awesome,” said Michael Santangeli, athletic director. “It has been by far the most spirited Joel Barlow has ever been in the almost 20 years that I have been here. This student body should be extremely proud of the fact that they have brought the spirit back to our school and have made having pride in your school ‘cool’ again.”
Michelle Falcone, Barlow Parent Teacher Student Associate co-president, said at the Homecoming pep rally students go “so into it.” Students dressed up for each themed day of Spirit Week at the end of October and were decked out in black and gold, the school’s colors, on the day of the pep rally, she said.
“The pep rally this year was so much fun. Everyone went above and beyond every Spirit Day, making it the best Spirit Week I have seen at Barlow so far. The pep rally was full of shouting and cheering. Everyone was so excited to be there and had a great time. It made me feel so lucky to be a Barlow student,” said Erin Meskers, student council president.
Joe Murphy, student council treasurer, agreed with Erin.
“Everyone at Barlow did an amazing job expressing their spirit this year and I hope it continues next year,” he said.
Not only did non-athletes support their classmates, but each team supported each other and attended games, said Mr. Santangeli.
“When the Barlow community functions at its best, our aspirations and our actions line up. We believe in celebrating the successful accomplishments and the worthy attempts of our students. We believe that positive spirit lifts the capabilities of all students,” said Dr. Thomas McMorran, head of school. “This fall season has seen self-advocacy, team spirit, and community support for our competitive teams both on the field and the gym and in debate competitions and the stage.”
“Because our students on the whole tend to believe that they will be individually successful by supporting other students in their struggle for success, everyone advances. We know that we don’t always achieve our aspirations, but we do strive every day to improve our community spirit,” he said. “Go Falcons.”