Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits at Annual Meet the Gens

Kathleen Forman, Editor-in-Chief

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 It was hot and humid Thursday night. Rain had fallen twice that day before the 6:30 event, and the forecast predicted more to come. The humidity was just getting worse and no one’s hair was thanking them. But, for some reason, the stands were packed. Why would anyone even think about leaving their house in that weather, much less sit outside in cramped stands to watch kids walk on the field for the annual Meet the Generals event?  Two words answers all these questions. School spirit.

At the beginning of each school year, all student athletes who participate in fall sports come out to Huddleston Field and are introduced to the school body, parents and Washington School supporters.  Each team is introduced and walks on and off the field together. This year, when the fifth team was introduced, the rain made a reappearance, but no one hesitated. Ponchos and umbrellas were promptly pulled out in enough time to clap for the next group of athletes. The only problem caused by the rain was that the high school drill team and cheerleading squad were unable to dance due to the wet field. But, they stood diligently, soaking wet, in the rain with huge smiles.

“It’s wet, but it’s going to be OK. The excitement couldn’t keep people away,” said Kim Copell, mother of Grace Anne and Catherine Copell, athletes who attend Washington.

Miriam Crouse is in the eighth grade and on the soccer and JV drill team.

When asked how the drill team prepared for the upcoming season, she replied, “Lots and lots of kicking.”

When Mackenzie McDavid was asked if she was excited about playing softball again this year, she didn’t even hesitate to answer.

“Of course,” she says, “It’s a passion and it’s so much fun!”

Everyone has put forth terrific amounts of effort to excel and to top last year’s amazing athletic record. Hearing different teams converse and compare practice schedules, the dedication and love of their sport was thick in their voices.

So, as the rain stopped and the last team was introduced, everyone started to pack up and go home. Lots of congratulations were said and everyone, though still very wet, was happy. Runny makeup, soggy uniforms and all, school spirit shined through. Meet the Generals had just ended, but an amazing school year had only just begun.

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