Updated: April 05, 2020 11:32 PM
Created: April 05, 2020 10:16 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– An Albuquerque high school is a finding a different way to honor spring sports since schools are shut down.
“Our spirit assemblies, we have them three times a year and we usually concentrate on one season of sports at a time as well as all the activities that are going on at the same time as well,” said Jeanine Chavez, activities director at Cibola High School.
Chavez found a solution by collaborating with student senate in order to give spring sports a proper tribute.
“She was like, ‘We need to do something to get everyone involved’ so we just were like, let's do an online assembly,” said Cibola senior Sydni Burrup.
“At Cibola, we are really down for assemblies so we knew we had to do something, like there is no question, like we were just gonna cancel everything,” said Cibola senior Sarah Romero.
So they reached out to every spring sport—baseball, softball, golf, tennis, cheer, dance and track and field—and highlighted the teams on social media.
“It was awesome. It was bittersweet, of course, you know all of the seniors—they really look forward to that last assembly. I miss the noise. Our assemblies tend to be organized chaos,” Chavez said.
Student senate took things to the next level with games and interactive challenges by providing ways for people to have fun at home or in their backyard.
"I feel really grateful that I was able to be a part of that because I think the students really did appreciate it and even the staff appreciated it, like the whole week we had things on our Twitter and we had a lot of responses,” Romero said.
“It was really neat just because it did bring positivity. People enjoyed doing it, which was nice. It gave them something to do like even though we can't be with each other right now they gave us something that we could do so everyone was involved still and we all worked together on this,” Burrup said.
Jeanine Chavez continues to post positive content daily on the Cibola High School social media pages.
As for the student body president and vice president, Sydni Burrup is headed to Gonzaga next fall on a soccer scholarship and Sarah Romero plans to attend UNM and major in nursing.
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