GALION - The new school year and new leadership at Galion High School have brought about a new program designed to increase school pride and promote the arts. “Spirit Friday” is a new initiative that has started with the 2021-2022 school year.
How does the program work? The Galion High School marching band starts playing upbeat, spirit songs and marches through the hallways at GHS. As they pass each classroom, students file in behind the band and march together down to the cafetorium.
“This is a new program that we are introducing this fall,” High School Principal Tasha Stanton said. “It’s designed to recognize the band, celebrate athletics and the arts, and ultimately generate more school pride and spirit.”
Once the students reach the cafetorium, the marching band plays a song designed to release the GHS student body on a “high note” for the upcoming weekend.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the students in the marching band,” Director of Bands Luke Warkall said. “These students work hard every day to prepare for performances, and this gives them another chance to showcase their musical talents to the entire student body.”
While still very new, “Spirit Friday” seems to be well received by students at GHS.
"I thought it was really cool,” Senior Kyle Foust said. “It got us all hyped up!" Foust’s schoolmate Corey Holmes said, "The band parade was pretty fun. I like it!”
The plan is to continue the “Spirit Friday” events throughout the school year.
“This is a fantastic event to celebrate our students at Galion High School,” Superintendent Jennifer Allerding said. “The fine arts and extracurricular activities are an important part of Galion students’ educational experiences, and this is a great way to spotlight both!”