LA CRESCENTA -- A talent show wrapped up the festivities Friday during
the fourth annual Spirit Week at Clark Magnet High School.
Filled with events like arm wrestling matches, water balloon tosses
and lemon eating contests, Spirit Week is the one way the school has to
create a sense of community, officials said.
“This school -- we really need to have a Spirit Week,” Senior Class
Advisor Cynthia Nash said. “They don’t have any of the sports games here,
so this is really the only way we have to get some cohesiveness.”
Planning for the week is a yearlong process. To participate in the
talent show finale, students had to undergo tryouts and after school
practices for about one week.
“This is the biggest day of the year,” Nash said. “There’s such an
academic focus at this school, that teachers don’t like to give up time
for assemblies. So we have one, and this is it.”
It is also the one day of the year when students do not have to follow
the school’s dress standards, and can wear jeans and T-shirts.
Comfortably dressed students clapped and cheered as their fellow
classmates entertained them Friday.
Senior Matt Hahn played the guitar and sang a song he wrote called
“Sensation.” The audience was soon clapping along with him.
“It felt good to hear the audience clap,” he said. “It meant that I
was doing my job and pleasing the crowd.”
The last act of the show featured singing and dancing by senior Frank
“Spirit Week is just a time for students to have fun,” Chander said
before his performance. “With the end of the year coming and finals and
everything, it’s something we look forward to.”