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Raider Reader October 20th
Posted 10/24/2017 05:11PM
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Prior to Homecoming weekend, students participated in spirit week! Due to a shortened holiday school week, we packed all of our spirit into three days. As you can imagine, our halls and classrooms were filled with much excitement. Students celebrated by dressing for designated theme days as follows: Twin Day, Throwback Thursday,
and Raider Pride Day.
Wednesday - Twin Day
Above: Even the teachers joined in the fun, WA Science Department on Twin Day.
Thursday - Throwback Thursday
Above: Samuel Somes and Karli Williams "throw back" to the 1950's!
Friday - Raider Pride Day
Above: WA Seniors in their "SENIOR" t-shirts
Students also participated in the "Minute To Win It" games during locker break to earn points for their class. Our National Honor Society sponsored a fundraiser to help hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. This consisted of classes competing for the highest number of lollipop sales with collection jars designated by grade. The "Lollipalooza" event successfully raised over $500. The school week ended with an indoor field day and pep rally. Again, students competed by class in a variety of games to earn points. Following the games, athletic teams and classes performed skits. The pep rally concluded with the announcement of the class winner and the crowning of their Homecoming King and Queen. This year the Junior Class was the 2017 Spirit Week winners and Spencer King and Jordan Finlay represented the Junior Class as the
2017 Homecoming King and Queen.
Above: Jordan Finlay and Spencer King, 2017
Homecoming King and Queen.
Above: Cheerleaders performing during the pep rally

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On Friday, October 13th, we held our annual homecoming celebration. Following Spirit week, the events of the evening included a parade, football game, and bonfire. Students decorated floats, made tee shirts, and proudly showed their school spirit! The parade was led by the WA mascot and included the classes of 2018-21, the WA band, athletic teams, clubs, and residential students.


Above: Seniors on their float during the parade.

After the parade, our Raider football team took the field to play against the Houlton Shires. A large spirit-filled crowd of Raider fans were in attendance.


Above: Finn Furth, running a play from a Houlton Shire.


Above: Maroon clad freshmen, Chloe Lyford, Jinny Davis, and Marissa Wood, watching the game from the bleachers.

The evening was concluded with a bonfire where students, alumni, and WA friends enjoyed good company, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate.


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A campus mystery began on October 2nd! Half-eaten apples and carrots, hay, hoof prints, and some droppings started to appear around Washington Academy. Strange noises where heard over the intercom system, posters about a missing horse were found posted and many of our students and teachers wondered what was going on.

During our homecoming pep rally, they got the answer! The Washington Academy mascot, Rowdie, had lost his horse Charlie. Thankfully our school secretaries, Tammy and Kelly, managed to catch the horse in the office...He apparently enjoyed Mr. Reynold's Moxie that he had left on his desk. If you did not know that Rowdie has a horse, you are not alone. This was a surprise to many in the pep rally audience last Friday. Rowdie typically appears on campus without his trusty steed, but decided to bring good old Charlie out to celebrate homecoming this year!

Rowdie named Charlie after one of WA's first headmasters, General John Curtis Caldwell's horse, Charley.

The History Of Rowdie's Horse Charlie

As stated by Kathy Harmon (74), Washington Academy Alumni Association Treasurer at the annual Trustee Tea this past summer, "General John Curtis Caldwell was the Preceptor of Washington Academy in September 1855, 63 years after the school was founded. He set aside his books at the outbreak of war and was followed by a number of WA students.

His splendid Civil War horse Charley, survived injuries during the war, and was later sent back to East Machias to live out his remaining days. It was told that for many years after his burial, when Decoration (Memorial) Day came around, the grave of Charley was never overlooked by the soldiers. Though the exact site cannot be identified, his remains are believed to lie in close proximity to Washington Academy."

We were happy to have Rowdie and Charlie (WA Alum, Emily Hawkins 13' and her horse Chrome) join us for homecoming and celebrate a bit of WA history! The pair led the parade, carrying the Raider flag, and led the football team onto the field under the Friday night lights!


Above: Rowdie and Charlie (Emily Hawkins, 13' and Chrome)

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