On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Fontbonne’s annual competition among the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors called Sports Night, took place. Sports Night is a visual representation of school spirit and sportsmanship displayed through all four year’s performances and hard work.
The week leading up to Fontbonne’s Sports Night was Spirit Week. Each day of the week was dedicated to a specific grade level to give each year the opportunity to decorate Fontbonne with their theme colors and wear their Sports Night jerseys. The seniors started off Spirit Week by portraying “Senior Night Live” through black and red streamers, balloons, and other decorations. The following day, the school was decked out in the colors pink, white, and blue to represent the characters and events in “The Game of Life: Junior Edition.” The “Sugar Rush Sophomores” put up many colorful decorations to show the craziness that occurs when one eats too much candy. The freshmen were able to transform Fontbonne into a school for sea creatures with their aquatic decorations. Spirit Week concluded on Friday when each year wore their Sports Night jerseys and showed support towards one another. Spirit Week set off all the excitement and energy for Sports Night throughout the Fontbonne community.
At Sports Night, the students gathered in St. Francis College’s gym to watch each year’s dress rehearsal. This was followed by the live performances in front of an audience and the panel of judges. The freshmen opened the show with their performance titled “Finding Freshmen,” which revolved around a group of sea creatures who got lost and had to overcome different obstacles in order to make it to school on time. The sophomores performance followed a girl who had a sugar rush, which resulted in her waking up in a land filled with candy; in order for her to get home she needed to befriend people along her journey. The juniors flashed forward to their elder days and reflected on the good times they had during their high school and adult years, while playing the “Game of Life: Junior Edition” in their nursing home. The seniors closed the show with a production of “Senior Night Live,” which was a mock version of the famous late night comedy show Saturday Night Live. The performance consisted of many different skits revolving around current political candidates and prom, two major issues they are facing this year.
The performances were scored individually by a fair panel of judges to determine the winners. The overall winners of Sports Night 2016 were the seniors, who came first place in costumes, mural, skit, and props. The juniors followed close second by just two points less than the seniors overall. Although the juniors lost overall, they won first place in the dance, tumbling, and song categories. The sophomores and freshmen came in third and fourth place respectively.