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Varsity Football Players Inspire Little Warriors

Written By:

Elizabeth Sterling, Elementary Reporter/High School Journalism Team

Warrior Pals is a time for the high school football and spirit teams to share some breakfast and build relationships with their younger counterparts from the Elementary School. When the kindergarten through fourth graders walk into the building on the mornings of high school home football games, they are greeted by football players and cheerleaders holding open the doors and sharing high fives. The excited little Warriors come dressed in blue and green to show their support for the football team and to get into the spirit for that night's game. 

On Friday, Sept. 9, the high schoolers once again invaded the elementary. Instead of Mrs. Chami's typical morning announcements, Senior Linebacker and Running Back William Parker Kerfoot took the microphone to encourage students to come to that night's game against Vilonia. Senior Running Back Kendel Givens led prayer time.

When football players Alexander Veasey (12th) and Eli Cooper (11th) walked into Mrs. McDonald's kindergarten classroom, the students' faces immediately lit up. "They have been looking forward to seeing their Warrior Pals all week," noted Brittan Sanders, mom of one of Mrs. McDonald's kindergarteners Sophie Sanders. After enjoying breakfast items provided by the moms, Veasey and Cooper played and talked with the children and signed their football helmet coloring sheets. When circle time came, the students asked the players questions like “Why did you pick your number?” and “What does a quarterback do?” Mrs. McDonald's class then performed their “morning song” for the players, complete with dancing and hand motions, and then they generously gave hugs for their players before everyone returned to class.

This unique tradition connects the elementary students to their high school heroes and generates enthusiasm for the game, but it also reminds the high schoolers just how many little eyes are watching their every move on and off the field.