BERNARDS TOWNSHIP,  NJ - School spirit will be the focus of the student government this year, student body president Maddie Athanasiou reported to the Bernards Township Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17.

Athanasiou, this year’s student representative to the school board, said efforts of the student government led to a “huge” fan turnout at the first football game, a “blackout” game victory over Hunterdon Central that was followed by a win over Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Upcoming spirit event includes theme days, including Where’s Waldo Wednesday, Hippie Thursday and Ridge Wear Friday. There will be a pep rally on Friday, Sept. 28, and a homecoming dance the next night.

She said students were organizing powderpuff flag football teams of 20 girls in each grade, and they will compete in a tournament in October that will raise money for breast cancer awareness, she said.

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The student government as a whole has decided to focus on school spirit this year, she said.

“Some people may feel it’s kind of frivolous compared to bigger problems like mental health or drug addiction, but we felt school spirit was something the entire student body could unite under and feel like they belong under the Ridge High School name,” she said.

Board Vice President Karen Gray said she thought it was “wonderful” the school spirit theme had been chosen, for it will touch intentionally or by accident on the two other topics Athanasiou mentioned, she said.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said he noticed Athanasiou’s name on the girls’ soccer team roster, and thought it only fair that she summarize how it was faring.

“There’s a reason I didn’t report on that,” Athanasiou said. “We’re on kind of a losing streak. I’ll start reporting when we start winning.”

Markarian assured her, “You are supported whether you win or lose.”