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Academy’s First Tailgate Event a Success

The outstanding turnout for the First Friday football game on August 31st was a massive indicator of student morale and showed the unique boldness that allows each grade to bond over their sports’ teams. Last Friday was particularly influential as it had a tailgate, live music, and enthusiastic student section.

205 tickets were sold in the week before the game, and over $1000 were raised for Teacher Appreciation Day. Student council underwrote the event, so every dollar went towards this positive cause.

The student section originated as simply a student council event, but this year it was partnered with a good cause, which made it even more effective. It was very enjoyable and pretty ridiculous, and everyone had a great time.

The Fair Weathered Band, a pop-rock group with 2 Academy alums, Mark Spigos and John Edgar, among its 5 members,   garnered a lot of student support.

Over 50% of the students in each grade came out for the tailgate and the game. Student Council presidemt, Harry Wexner (‘13) notes, “I think it’s interesting to see that turnout for the junior and senior classes is higher than the freshmen.”

Every grade was hugely involved with the event, which made it particularly impressive.

Academy fought valiantly but lost against Bishop Hartley. The score was 0-42 until the last quarter, when Academy scored and ended with a  final post of  7-42. Emily Cipriani (‘15) said, “We knew coming in that Hartley is a tough team to beat. That’s not why we come to cheer on Academy.”

Although the football game was lost, the massive student section and great support that came from the student body for both the team and Student Council proved the event to be a success.

Written by Claire Glass’15. Video by Elliot Nick’14.


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