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DHS tailgate party raises funds, school spirits

by Johanna Sergott

Big changes have been taking place at Douglas High School lately.

The leadership class, under advisor Allen Gosselin, is working hard to involve students. They’ve already succeeded by getting more participation at assemblies. There’s also been more school spirit at DHS than in years past.

“You hear students singing the school song in the halls,” said Gosselin.

The most recent addition to promoting school spirit at the high school was a tailgate party held before the last home game against South Tahoe on Sept. 10.

The tailgate party, a student-only event, was on Friday afternoon at the DHS parking lot. It began at 4 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m. Chicken wings, hot dogs, chips, and soda were served for $3 per student. Music blared from the sound systems in students’ trucks.

Despite the stormy weather, about 60 students attended. Among them were Ryan Haltom and Joe O’Brien, who came up with the idea to have a tailgate party with Matt Murphy and senior class president Jake Jessup. The senior class officers and the Assosiated Student Body started organizing it.

“We had opposition from Booster Club and the football coaches because it was the first one,” said ASB president James Jackson. “Kids will come here instead of going to get drunk. There’s no drinking here, and they’ll probably go to the game afterwards.”

One of the primary purposes of the tailgate party was to pump up the football players, however, they weren’t allowed to attend.

“They needed to prepare for the game. They can socialize after the game,” said Ernie Monfiletto, offensive coordinator of the football team.

Whether the players can attend the next tailgate party is “not a concern of the student body, but a concern of the team,” he said.

Another tailgate party may be scheduled for homecoming on Oct. 1. Haltom said he would like to invite all of the students at the high school.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Haltom said. “There’s plenty of food, with a lot of music, and it’s only three bucks!”