By Joely Fry
Because of the uproar of school spirit from the 2015 seniors, we’ve started a new pre-game tradition: Tailgating. Cooking out and getting pumped to cheer our Spartans on to victory is how our fans show support. This great idea was sprung on Principal Ed Perozek by Eric and Tate Duncan, Nick Norvell, Lenny Wielinski, Josie Greenawalt, Mike Zwayer and Taylor Howe.
Before the Start vs. Maumee game, they set up and brought hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Before our second home game, against Archbold, our wonderful principal reimbursed these seniors for the food, which was pizza this time. The homecoming tailgate is rumored to be huge; big plans and a lot of fun.
After speaking to Mr. Perozek, details were worked out. It’s being student driven, but inappropriate behavior will have consequences.
“I think it’s incredible, I support it 100 percent,” Principal Perozek told LifeAtStart.com. “It’s perfect to continue for more years to come.”
Being started by seniors, there’s a concern about how it will continue in the future. Founders Eric and Nick informed me that they intend to pass it down to Brad Miller, and Mariah Repass. Any juniors willing to volunteer to help are welcome to speak to Eric about it.
The tailgating is for more than the seniors. All members of the Spartan community are welcome to participate. The fun starts at 5 o’clock, before all regularly scheduled home games. Food is provided, but any contributions help; talk to Eric about that also. Anyone can park out, too. There’s music, food, corn-hole, Frisbee, and other festivities. The tailgaters like to go with the theme, and when it’s game time, everyone parades into the stadium together.
See you there!