There were no Groton games this fall, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop the St. Mark's chapel program, the 2020-2021 Monitors, and the students on the St. Mark's Athletic Council from celebrating the traditional "Spirit Week" in days before what would have been a weekend of games with longtime rival Groton School.
The Monitors sponsored a series of daily spirited costume competitions, including "Magical Mask Monday," "Twin Tuesday," "PJ Wednesday," and "Meme Thursday." Gift cards went to the winners of each daly costume contest. It culminated with "Spirit Day Friday," when students were encouraged to wear the School colors. "Show your school spirit," commanded the Monitors. "Rock that Blue and White!"
That same Friday, November 13, the morning virtual Chapel service was dedicated to Spirit Week. The Chaplains, Rev. Barbara Talcott and Rev. Katie Solter, opened the proceedings, following a rowdy Sousa march as a musical prelude. Director of Music James Wallace then shared a video of appropriately masked and socially distanced St. Mark's singers performing "The Battle Hymn of St. Mark's." Then the members of the St. Mark's Athletic Council—VI Formers Brendan Gibbons, Jacob Silvestri, Chris Dwirantwi, Delaney Grace, Ryley Holmes, and Lauren Tolve—gave a presentation—including readings, personal statements, and a slide show—about the significance of Spirit Week. Then Associate Director of Athletics Lauren Ames shared a selection from the St. Mark's Prayer Book and Rev. Talcott led the traditional time of silent prayer/meditation/reflection. Mr. Warren concluded with the School Prayer and an invitation to anyone who might want to check out the Raccoon Coat—representing the winning record in the St. Mark's-Groton rivalry each fall—which still hangs in his office after last year's triumphant Groton weekend.
A series of exciting intrasquad games took place during the week and especially that Friday afternoon. Despite the challenges, it was a truly spirited Spirit Week.