OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Friday, was one of Marian's most celebrated traditions...Field Day for the all girls catholic school.
They kicked things off with a parade at Baxter Arena. Students dressed in colorful costumes and showed off their school spirit for an event that dates back to 1959.
Marian High School President and Alumna Mary Higgins explains the teamwork and spirit that it takes to make Field Day happen:
"Field Day at Marian is hard to explain because you have to see it to understand what it is. I think its the most real-life teaching that we do. It's fun, it's stressful for the girls...they prepare for weeks ahead of time. Every single girl in the class participates...they plan...it's all their event...it's not run by faculty, by administration, or by parents. They've got literally 180 girls in their demonstration going in the same direction."
Beyond driving school spirit, the event is also a chance to earn bragging rights says Higgins:
"The fact that we have competition is very important. It can't be like, 'Let's just do a nice show.' The competition drives it. They've got to learn to deal with that. Today, in the arena, no class has ever won."
At the event, the seniors took top honors with the junior class taking second place. The Freshmen managed to upset the Sophomores by taking third place...but it's all in good spirit as you can see in the video.
The senior students and parents were beaming with pride and joy after taking top honors.
A parent of one senior said, "We're so proud of them...a lot of tears of joy...all through the whole thing."
One senior student, relishing in their victory says, "It feels amazing. We've worked so hard. It just pays off." Another screamed, "I've never been this happy in my entire life!!! My whole life!!!"