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A new kind of Grizzly spirit

Morp Week is no more, says Sunnyside High School - instead, welcome into the folds a new January tradition known as Grizzly Pride Week.

"Morp was just prom backwards," said Sunnyside High School ASB Vice President Ryan Rice. He explained that Morp used to be a big spirit week for the high school, but for the last couple years it had lost its significance.

"It had no meaning," Sunnyside High School freshman Itzel Alvizo added. "So they changed it to Grizzly Pride Week which is more meaningful because it's based on academics, attendance and character."

Rice explained that dress-up days will continue as usual, but they'll have special meaning this year.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, will be College Sweater Day, he explained. This is the day when students wear shirts and sweaters from their college of choice.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, will be Pajama Day, Alvizo continued. She explained that this represents how Sunnyside students get out of bed for class every day.

Thursday, Jan. 20, will be Hero Day. This day will be for students to dress up as real heroes, such as soldiers or firefighters.

Finally, Friday, Jan. 21, will be Pride Day - a chance for students to dress up in their Grizzly best and show their school spirit.

Friday will also have a very unique pep assembly. Keeping with the academic and attendance focused week, the winner of the spirit stick will be the class that has the most students on track to graduate and with the highest attendance rate.

"It's no longer based on how loud you yell," Alvizo said.

Rice also explained that those students with a 95 percent or better attendance rate will be entered into a raffle during the assembly. Winners will be given the chance to throw a pie in the face of one of the Sunnyside High School staff. Volunteering for this duty were assistant principals Dave Martinez, Ryan Maxwell and Wally Shearer.

Grizzly Pride Week will end its festivities with a Friday night Winter Luau.

Both Rice and Alvizo said they are happy with the changes and excited to see their class show their Grizzly pride next week.

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