by Claire Carter | editor-in-chief

Every night leading up to the football game, Jags gather to paint faces, decorate overalls, and stock up on the hottest Jag gear in hopes of winning “Jag Fan of the Night” on the @myjagnews twitter account. Or rather, the dedicated few.

Let me put it this way. Unless you are in the stands playing a trumpet, cheering with pom poms. taking pictures on the field with your press pass, or even on the field geared up in full pads- you need to be in “The Jungle.”

School spirit could be defined as the casual Jaguar walking the halls in a “Believe” shirt they just bought from the Jag Shack. But today I would like to redefine this bold idea.

School spirit isn’t just sporting all blue or writing your bae’s number on your face. School spirit isn’t just showing up 5 minutes late to the game, and leaving early to make sure you can catch up on your sleep. School spirit is so much more.

It’s being in the stands half an hour before the game starts. Staying until the players come back to sing the alma mater. It’s screaming the alma mater as loud as you can (even though you don’t know all the words). It’s not caring how ‘lame’ you look wearing jagged-out swagged-out overalls to family outings because you just can’t stop yourself. It’s standing in the rain for the entire game with a jacket that’s way too thin, but sticking it out because you want to support Johnson and are afraid of missing out on the greatest times of your life.

That’s right, I said it. Johnson sporting events, whether it’s football, volleyball, or even a cross country meet you had to wake up at 7 to watch, should be packed with screaming fans who don’t care that they missed the premiere of that new movie, because they’d rather be supporting their fellow Jags.

School spirit glues our student body together. The memories captured by Jaguar Pride Photos, the cheers you get so excited to yell that you practice them in the shower, and the times you’ll look back on and be glad you got to be apart of good ‘ole Texas high school sports games and say “It’s a great day to be a Jaguar.”

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About The Author

Claire Carter is the Editor-In-Chief of the Pride. This is her third year on the newspaper staff. She is involved in Johnson PALS, Jags for Jesus, Key Club, and Cross Country. She enjoys the musical stylings of Needtobreathe, Beyonce, and the soft yodels of Lexi Rosas' cat.

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