What a way to end a semester!
While it’s entirely possible that a semester end has coincided with ‘Pack the Palace’ in the past, last night was a unique one, in many ways, for our students and community.
First our booster club joined forces with Mead High School to provide a free indoor tailgate, and it didn’t disappoint. Spectators were treated to the summer smell of BBQ immediately when they entered our doors, and I’m so very thankful for the time and care that these people spend to support our kids. Thanks to everyone who flipped a burger or dog, set up a table, manned a table for donations to the Ronald McDonald house, or cleaned up a mess. I am very appreciative.
Then, entering our gymnasium, our amazing pep band of current students, alumni and 8th graders set the tone with their moving performance of the national anthem. An emotional and intense girls game came down to the final shot. Halftimes provided both perspective and entertainment as our Unified basketball team joined with Mead’s to highlight the joy of sport with both student bodies cheering loudly in support. Our district qualifying dance team then performed to a packed house during intermission of the boys game, and I found myself marveling at the number of students who were involved. This is what high school should be about.
The night ended with our boys defeating Mead High School, winning the two-game series for the first time in many years. As I worked with our Athletic Director, Paul Kautzman, to pick up the remnants of a memorable evening, I was tired for all the right reasons. Thank you Mt. Spokane High School. That was a good night.