Wildcat spirit is back and roaring louder than ever


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Woodside wildcats come to support their team at the “blackout” Friday football game.

Maggie Mein, Staff Writer

Woodside’s school spirit was dampened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, through the lens of a new year, students have been able to make a strong comeback. 

In years past, Woodside has been well-known in the community for its spirit. Whether it be through excitement to attend football games, dressing up for spirit days, or attending school dances, Woodside as a whole has routinely practiced  “Woodside pride.” Coming off the pandemic, it was difficult to feel spirited. Masks were still on, and anxiety surrounding illness was high, sending a curveball to the once impermeable student spirit.   

“I feel like [school spirit] did take a dip because of Covid,” Sophomore Class Vice President Lily Gustafson said. “People hadn’t acclimated to spirit days, and weren’t participating in the activities that student leadership organizes.”

Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic partially in the past, excitement toward expressing Woodside pride has soared. 

“This year…people have gotten into the groove of leadership’s activities and spirit days,”  Gustafson continued. “I think there has been a ton of new spirit – especially coming from the freshman class.”

This is promising for both the current and future classes of Woodside.

“All I can say is that’s why you have to take advantage of the opportunities when they’re there, because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Leadership teacher Leslie With said. “So go out there and make your high school experience a memorable one.”