Rivalry Week: Where School Spirit Thrives


Contributed by Yearbook

Selma High against Kingsburg varsity football game.

Victoria Juarez, Editorial Editor

October 25 marked the beginning of rivalry week for the 2021 football season. As the team prepared for the game against Kingsburg, students engaged in a week of school spirit and dress up days.

On Monday, students brought an array of different containers ranging from pots, baskets, and even strollers for “anything but a backpack” day. Tuesday was Y2K day where students dressed in 2000’s fashion. On Wednesday, students dressed in their Halloween costumes. Students came to school dressed as bananas, scarecrows, and scooby doo, among many more.  Students dressed in preppy or Western clothes on Thursday. A community rally, which commenced from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the school stadium, also took place on Thursday.  Students were encouraged to wear pink on Friday, both to school and to the game, in support of breast cancer awareness. 

After a year online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many students have felt a heavier school spirit. 

 “We lost a whole year of school, so that took so much, and I want to do a lot more,” says senior Rafael Mendoza. “I wish I had dressed up more in previous years because I used to feel like it was not important, but it’s fun to see the things that other students can do. It’s our last year, and I want to go all in.”

As vice president of the ASB club, Naomi Vaca is responsible for many things involving school spirit. Alongside Lexi Carrasco, Marissa Vasquez, and Mia Harris, Vaca created the dress up days.

“We tried to pick dress up days that everyone can participate in,” says Vaca. “It’s good to be involved and participate [in school spirit].” 

During the week, the school also held a dodgeball tournament in which the Sophomore class won. As leadership, alongside Mr. Pallesi, have decided to do some type of activity during lunch every month, this months activity was held during rivalry week

On Friday, the school had an extended lunch where students could buy from food trucks in the quad. Clubs also held their own fundraisers during lunch. Key Club held a spin of wheel fundraiser where you could win several different sized bags of candy or kettle corn.  

This year, the rivalry game was held at Selma High School. The football team held their Senior Night before the varsity game. The cheer group performed their routine during halftime as well as the Marching band’s field show. The Marching Band also held their Senior Night during half time.  

“It’s crazy to think that it’s our last high school football game ever,” reflected Esteban Lopez. “I believe I did everything I could to help out the team.”

With hype from the student section, the football team was ready to face the rival team, Kingsburg High.The season ended with a loss of 41-0 , but that doesn’t define Selma High’s spirit. 

“We had a young team,” says Lopez. “I am excited to see what the future holds for them.”

 All throughout rivalry week, students showed their support and in the end, the football team did their best out on the field.