Warrior Fest Dress-up Days Drum Up Student Spirit

Coordinating shirts, NHS officers dress in their chapter polos and college merchandise for the ‘Future Friday’ theme. The last day of WarriorFest dress-up invited students to wear clothing aligned with their future goals. (courtesy of Westwood NHS)

From Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14, Westwood hallways were filled with blue and pink as students dressed to celebrate National Honor Society’s (NHS) WarriorFest Week. Themed days played an important role in encouraging student participation in events such as PowderPuff and the WarriorFest Carnival, consequently increasing the money raised for the nonprofit the Thirst Project, which aims to provide safe drinking water to those with difficulty accessing it. All proceeds from WarriorFest events go toward the Thirst Project.  

Students dove into dress-up with Marine Monday, wearing blue and aquatic-themed clothing before showcasing musical interests with Taylor Swift Tuesday.

“Dress-up days promote unity in classrooms,” NHS member Sydney Yeung ‘24 said. “It’s cool to see how everyone dresses up [on] certain days of the week, and it can be an easy way to learn more about classmates.”

Later themes provided a greater sense of unity, with Warrior Wednesday allowing students to dress up as their favorite faculty member or express school spirit. In choosing themes, NHS officers remained tethered to tradition, while keeping students in mind.

“I think there were a lot of good things to build off of last year,” NHS President Zaina Jafri ‘23 said. “Just having it be very student based, I think that makes it a more fun experience for everybody.”

Students were key in events such as PowderPuff, which aligned with Touchdown Thursday when students dressed in jerseys and PowderPuff garb ahead of the game. Finally, the week ended with Future Friday, as students donned a range of clothes, from college merch to scrubs, expressing their aspirations. 

“I am wearing scrubs because in the future I can see myself in a sector of the medical field after college, and it’s something I could see myself enjoying,” Yeung said.