Indiana State Police Trooper Bart Stouffer leads the Maconaquah Braves onto the field for their game. (Photo courtesy of Ani Weitzel, student journalist)
Indiana State Police Trooper Bart Stouffer leads the Maconaquah Braves onto the field for their game. (Photo courtesy of Ani Weitzel, student journalist)

School spirit can be shown in many different ways.

Last Friday night, the Maconaquah High School Braves attended their homecoming game armed with with Brave Pride, their own form of school spirit and intentions of inspiring the football team to pull out a win. 

Madison Price, a senior at Maconaquah, was asked what Brave Pride means to her.

She stated, “School spirit is Friday nights stuck in the freezing cold and waking up the next morning with no voice,” she said. “It means supporting your team and making sure that you have fun.”

There were also plenty of Mac alumni present at the game.

Chelcie Carpenter, a 2009 MHS graduate, said, “It is exciting to support a place that I graduated from. It is my roots. School spirit paved the way for my personality.

“When you participate in school events like this homecoming game, you start to build better relationships, and Brave Pride is a quality that no other school has,” Carpenter said. “Brave Pride is something that we all have, and it gives us the ability to come here and scream as loud as we can to support the boys on the field.”

The students in the student sections were all excited to make memories at the game. MHS junior Eastyn Long said she “could not wait to look back on this night, 10 years from now, and think of all the fun memories she made.” 

It’s likely that MHS students woke up Saturday morning with raspy voices as a result of the screams they were let out Friday night. Maconaquah lost the close game to the Peru Tigers, but that didn’t stop their Brave Pride from shining through when they greeted their rivals after the game.

According to Carpenter, the team was “bleeding red and blue.”