Stand up to East spirit

photo credit: Tori Thedford
Spirit leader \\ Senior Everett Vasquez leads the student section at the varsity football game against Mt. Pleasant Aug. 26. “Be at the football games and pep rallies,” Vasquez said. “Get involved in school events, be loud and excited at the school events you attend. Don’t be embarrassed to put yourself out there.”

He looks up from the field and sees the stands filled with students covered in white articles of clothing, chanting and waving their rally towels as he is about to score the winning touchdown of the Homecoming football game. 

School spirit is a big deal to athletes, but at this school, students take it to the next level.

“School spirit is the soul of the football team. The team is nothing without school spirit,” varsity football player Marcus Harbert said.

School spirit is the soul of the football team. The team is nothing without school spirit.”

— Marcus Harbert, varsity football player

This year the student section seems to be different from years past. 

“There is more turnout. They are more willing to be involved and have more excitement to be there. There is lots of DUBeast energy,” senior Everett Vasquez said.

The phrase, DUBeast, is everywhere at this school; however, because it is new to students this year, some may not be aware of what it stands for or what it means to be a part of.  

“Depend Upon Brothers as a football team and as a whole do you believe in your team or community to do their job?” Harbert said. 

Although students tend to believe that school spirit is better this year than in years past, some students still struggle to get involved and be spirited, but there are small things those students can do to amp up school pride. 

“Be at the football games and pep rallies. Get involved in school events, be loud and excited at the school events you attend. Don’t be embarrassed to put yourself out there,” Vasquez said.

Most students think that high school is all about getting good grades and learning about how to do life outside of high school, but school spirit makes your high school years more memorable and enjoyable. 

“The more you are involved, the more fun you will have and the more enjoyable the year will be. You might regret not going to school events and making those memories later,” senior varsity cheerleader Campbell Andrews said.