BV West Spotlight Online

  • Follow us on social media @bvwspotlight on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram!

JPCo 9.0

The school spirit and pride club participates in varied activities

JPCo+huddles+before+their+fall+recognition+assembly.
JPCo huddles before their fall recognition assembly.

JPCo huddles before their fall recognition assembly.

Keely Woods

Keely Woods

JPCo huddles before their fall recognition assembly.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Gabi Alexander
JPCo senior Madi Messenger organized a breast cancer awareness fundraiser for the football game against BV Northwest. Seniors Lindsi Banker and Jake Huxold loved throwing confetti in support.

Energy is high, the lights are low and the music is loud as students file into their class sections. Each of the year’s eight assemblies have their own mood. The Kick-off Assembly is all about energy, Homecoming and Sweetheart are more about tradition, and the recognition assemblies have Jaguars in awe of athletic and academic achievement. The one thing that stays consistent is the anticipation for what might happen. That is where the Jaguar Pride Coalition comes in.

JPCo is made up of a select group of juniors and seniors who are passionate about promoting Jaguar spirit through activities, sports and leadership. They put together the spirit assemblies and help organize the themes for Spirit Weeks and dances with Student Council.

JPCo started in 2010 when teacher Dr. Laura Restivo proposed an idea to former principal Tony Lake. The  BV West student body was splitting with the opening of BV Southwest that fall. Students had the opportunity to select which school they wanted to attend and several staff members left for new opportunities.

“When a school splits, it’s an opportunity for the school that is left to redefine itself, to reinvigorate, to get pumped up about the choice to stay at West,” Restivo said. “So we developed JPCo with the idea that it would be a group of student leaders [that] would promote school spirit, establish and maintain tradition, and build a positive school culture.”

That first group of JPCo members  attended games and performances collectively, started planning contests at assemblies, and helped create a vision for what kind of school BV West would be.

“I think for me it’s less than a group of student leaders doing goofy things in assemblies and more [of] just a group of people who are there to lift you up and propel you further into your leadership experience,” senior Jacob Stenslie said. “And so we go through hardships but we always come back at the end of the day to resolve it and that’s my favorite thing.”

The effort and preparation performed by JPCo members to plan assemblies is significant. Between coming up with ideas that students will enjoy, to actually talking in front of teachers and peers or performing a skit during an assembly, hours of script writing and rehearsal have occurred.

“At the beginning, it’s just all of us kind of shoot out ideas, it’s kind of a like a really big socratic seminar.” Stenslie said.

After the initial brainstorm, the group is divided into smaller committees where they discuss different skits and ideas. JPCo also

considers the purpose of the assembly when deciding on what and how things will be done.

“The first thing is to get an outline of what you want to do,” senior Madi Messenger said. “If it’s a pep assembly, what kind of game do you want to play, or do you want to do a skit, or if it’s  State recognition you have to talk to the coaches [to]  see what they want and you have to make it interactive.”

After an outline of the script is formed, the group continues to make corrections and edits until the script is done. One of the hardest things is making sure that all of the jokes and skits are enjoyable for everyone and not offensive. Assistant principal Bryan Brutto is consulted and makes edits as well.

The group’s goal is to have the final assembly script finished a month in advance, however, that is not always the case. The homecoming assembly was created in only two weeks, others take months.

“For the first assembly of this year they started to plan it in June to get it approved and ready to go,” Restivo said.

The final rehearsal is performed one to two days before the day of an assembly. Members work through the script as though it is an actual assembly with an audience.

“Normally we run through it twice and during JAG if we have a game or skit,” junior Will Hudler said. “The people in said skit would come in and we would make some final touches.”

While everyone in JPCo has leadership skills and capabilities, some students have more experience. Second year JPCo members are called “Prowlers.” They help guide juniors and first year seniors.

JPCo members can attest that the group is about more than just setting up assemblies. They are very close and embrace the community created in Room 152.

“The whole family aspect, that’s the number one thing that we push [for] at West [in]  JPCo,” Messenger said. “But it really is true, when you come into a class and have it three times a week, seventh block with everyone and go to two plus events a week and have bonding and do all of this stuff, you’re with that group more than I am with my family most of the time.“

JPCo is an important part of the school dynamic.

Peyton Schram
JPCo seniors Jack Mahony and William Martin lead the crowd in hyping up the football team during the start of the game.

 

Peyton Schram
New member Morgan Caviar shows her school spirit by being a part of the Crimson Cats.

 

Peyton Schram
Junior Libby Johnson cheers on the football team and gets the crowd excited.

 

Peyton Schram
Best friends, teammates and fellow junior JPCo members David Brown and Will Hudler get pumped up after a Jaguar touchdown.

 

Peyton Schram
JPCo senior and cheer captain Maggie Gormley looks at the large crowd in awe.

 

Keely Woods
JPCo huddles before their fall recognition assembly.

 

Keely Woods
JPCo senior and junior boys pose for a picture while they are preparing for an assembly.

 

Ali Oelschlager
Actual couple David Brown and Kennedy Rowe dance a little close for comfort in a September skit.

 

Ali Oelschlager
JPCo members perform a skit during the 2018 Homecoming assembly.

 

Ali Oelschlager
Junior Morgan Caviar snaps a pic of her, Jackson Schaffer and Peyton Schram during an assembly skit.

 

Emma Wallace
JPCo kids strut their stuff wearing 70s and 80s outfits to show off their spirit week style.

 

Elle Kopischke
Members pose for a silly picture while watching and supporting a girls tennis match.

 

Peyton Schram
Seniors Jack Mahony and Will Martin run flags after a Jaguar touchdown and keep the crowd on their feet.

 

Peyton Schram
Best friends Jackson Schaffer and Jack Mahony cheer on girls volleyball.

 

Gabi Alexander
The dance team supports breast cancer awareness and JPCos fundraiser for the cause.

 

Peyton Schram
Senior Greta Jorgenson shows the crowd her muscles while doing push ups on the push up board.

 

Elle Kopischke
Cap Kelly wows everyone with his singing abilities at the Fall Choir Concert.

 

Keely Woods
Jack Mahony and Tommy Sulentic wow the crowd with their traditional drum performance.

 

Peyton Schram
The team comes together to support volleyball and sing the traditional alma mater at the end of the game.

 

Emma Wallace
Rex and Will Hudler surprise the crowd during an assembly with a special performance.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Left
  • Features

    Taking Action

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    Math teacher helps students succeed

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    In With the New

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    A Tradition Begins

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    Working and the Student/Life Balance

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    AVID and Faculty Families Come Together

  • Features

    Is a GAP Year a realistic option?

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    Speaking Effectively (Guest Speaker – Heather O’Keefe)

  • Features

    From Household to Classroom

  • JPCo 9.0

    Features

    Subject: Social Studies teacher Paul Stuewe

Navigate Right