Three Juniors Detail Three Themes From Spirit Week

New Themes Bring Differing Amounts of Participation


Oscar Walsh

Henry Schmidt ’23 happily poses in his USA day attire. He even stuck on white stars onto his sweatshirt to look like the American flag.

Homecoming Spirit Week 2021 brought fun themes for every day of the week. SIACs decided this year’s themes to be Blake spirit on Monday, colors by grade on Tuesday, beach theme on Wednesday, eras by decade on Thursday, and United States patriotism on Friday. 


Traditionally, Blake spirit day is usually on Friday, but this year, SIACs chose to move that day to Monday in order to honor the pre-decided theme of USA for the Friday Homecoming Football game for the SMB Wolfpack (Saint Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy, and Blake football team). The Wolfpack is a compilation of schools, hence the theme not being Blake focused. 


Lilly Anderson ‘23 describes beach day as her favorite because it “makes depressing Minnesota feel a little more tropical and lively.” Anderson even went as far to say that she felt “like I could enjoy a piña colada and bask in the sun.” 


Harrison Oxford ‘23’s favorite theme was the USA day although he feels that “participation could have been better.” Some students decided to refrain from participating in Friday’s USA theme by wearing black because of the current hostility towards marginalized groups in the US. Many students showed their patriotism for our country in the true spirit of homecoming. Some students were dissatisfied with the chosen themes for the week. 


Aidan Krush ‘23, a SIAC member, explains, “the decades theme was a huge disappointment and I would’ve preferred a differently themed day.” Krush, who voted against the decades theme, also added that “decades day is hard to encompass when you only live in the present.”