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Warrior Pride Hosts End-Of-Semester Holiday Party

Courtesy of Warrior Pride
Smiling for a team photo, Warrior Pride members decorate sugar cookies together to celebrate the holidays. The team hosted a festive party during their midterm block, conducting various fun activities such as cookie-decorating and a Kahoot featuring fun facts about each member. “I think it was a great end to a busy semester,” Pride member Anamitra Ghosh ’26 said. “I had a good time relaxing amidst finals week.”

Celebrating the end of the semester and the upcoming Christmas season, Warrior Pride members enjoyed a festive holiday party during their midterm exam block on Monday, Dec. 11. Enjoying activities to relax with their fellow dancers amidst the stress of finals week, Pride members celebrated the end of a rigorous yet exciting first semester.

A capstone to a packed semester, Pride members enjoyed themselves through cookie-decorating, an annual Secret Santa exchange, and a Kahoot with fun-facts about each member on the team.

“Decorating cookies was super fun because we got to see everyone’s creative side,” Shivali Sahu ’26 said. “And playing the Kahoot helped everyone get to know random things about each other, which on a team this big is wonderful.”

The party not only introduced an opportunity for team-bonding but also for Pride members to reflect on how far they’ve come since the beginning of the year. As they look back on months filled to the brim with performances, hours of practice, and team-bonding experiences, Pride members commemorated their accomplishments from this semester, while also setting goals for the upcoming one as well.

“My first semester on Pride has been awesome,” Sahu said. “I love the team so much, and I am able to enjoy dancing and growing with them. But next semester, I hope to be able to make more time for Pride in my life because I enjoy it so much and want to continue to get to know everyone on the team.”

For new and old members alike, this semester has been one of change and new beginnings. With the addition of numerous members and most importantly new directors to the team, the first semester has been cause for growth with members adapting to new circumstances.

“This semester was a great introduction to the new team and directors,” returning Pride member Anamitra Ghosh ‘26 said. “I’m so glad we got to experience that, especially as we move into competition season next semester.”

Learning new techniques catered towards various styles of dance and trying to perfect formations, the team has recently been hard at work on their contest pieces for the spring. Earlier in the year, the team’s schedule was packed with performances for the school, inciting spirit in both their audience and themselves.

“As a team this semester, we had so many great performances with all the ones at the football games, at the pep rallies, and especially at all the homecoming events,” Sahu said. “I’ve made so many new friends this semester because of them, and I look forward to next semester with competition season.”

Celebrating a successful semester, Pride members now look to the future to their upcoming competition season.

“As we move into competition season, I hope that we’re able to keep the good vibes strong and continue pushing for our very best — and win of course,” Ghosh said.

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