This year, our freshmen were generally the most decorated during our Spirit Week dress-up days–despite the fact that they had the most difficult color (orange) and the fewest school shirts (because they’re new to the school). Why is this? As students get older, does their school spirit decline? Do they start to feel “too cool” to participate? Research suggests that students who are more involved at school perform better academically and have a better high school experience. Does declining Spirit Week participation suggest that we’re losing students along the way? And if so, what can we do to promote participation in the school community?