Spirit Week lets students step out of uniform

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
Benjamin Quinones, Nathaniel Amaro, Jesus Omar Colon and Wilfredo Carrasquillo are already on their way to their future goal of being in the U.S. Army. They wore the fatigues during Spirit Week at EHHS. Photos by Frances Taylor.
Benjamin Quinones, Nathaniel Amaro, Jesus Omar Colon and Wilfredo Carrasquillo are already on their way to their future goal of being in the U.S. Army. They wore the fatigues during Spirit Week at EHHS. Photos by Frances Taylor.

Last week was Spirit Week at East Hartford High School, with a pep rally and football game scheduled against Manchester High School for the day before Thanksgiving.

This year, the Student Council decided to do something a little different. Students have been wearing the school uniform since the beginning of the school year, and some were already looking for break from the routine.

So the council purchased “theme days,” which allowed students to “dress down” according to the theme of the day. “By donating money to our fund that helps students who can't afford it pay for school uniforms, the council purchased these theme days for the students,” said Principal Matthew Ryan.

One day was Black and Gold Day, when students wore creative outfits utilizing the school colors. The next day was Future Day, when students were allowed to dress as the profession they saw themselves in 10 years from now.

Devi Naraine and Abigail Koomson wore University of Connecticut shirts. “I want to be in the medical field,” Naraine said. Koomson said she was interested in becoming a forensic pathologist.

Jasmine Janer said she hoped to become a fashion designer and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. “I'd like to become a designer or maybe a buyer for a company,” she said.

James Herzog said he was interested in information technology. “I want to be an IT executive for a corporation.”

One group of students came dressed in real camouflage fatigues, reflecting the fact that they are already on their way to their chosen careers. Benjamin Quinones, Nathaniel Amaro, Jesus Omar Colon and Wilfredo Carrasquillo are members of a program that allows students in their junior year of high school to join the armed services and take basic training during the summer before their senior year in high school. Upon graduation, they will enter military occupation school, where they will select a profession. All four said they were interested in training for the elite forces.

Amaro said he intended join the airborne division, “because I want to jump out of airplanes,” he said.

Colon said he hoped to become an Army Ranger. “Maybe Delta Force,” he said.


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