The 2022-2023 FHN Goonies Strive to Promote School Spirit

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Credit to Parker Bruns

Sarah Korte and other seniors cheer at the Fort Zumwalt South girls volleyball game on August 30.

This year, the FHN Goonies take on a more active role in promoting school involvement at FHN sporting events. The Goonies for this year are seniors Hayden Crafts, Jack Galkowski, Sarah Korte, Brandon Roider and Brianna Wortman. 

“I think that the school needs the Goonies because it’s a voice,” Korte said. “When all of these freshmen are coming in and even some sophomores and juniors, they’re [intimidated] to yell at the games and to get everybody wild. You see me yell something and you’re like, you know what, she’s doing it, I’m gonna do it too.”

The Goonies started back in 2018 with seniors stepping up to lead the student section at games and to promote school spirit. Goonies are hand picked up the previous seniors to be the next years representatives. However during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Goonies eased off and haven’t been back in full force. 

“I hope that we’re going to have a good turnout at all games, not just football and basketball,” Korte said. “But even sports like swimming, bowling or curling. I think after COVID everybody lost a sense of what North really stands for. So we just want to have a good fun overall year for North.”

The Goonies are persistent about making the stands as full as possible. Their main goal is to encourage all students of FHN to go to all events to support their fellow students.  

The group is in charge of making up the themes and chants for each game, from black and gold to Hawaiian. To spread the news about upcoming events they post all original posts that include details on their Instagram page. 

“I like to lead the student section and get everyone loud,” Roider said. 

The Goonies have helped to facilitate an engaged and excited student section through the promotion of FHN’s sporting events on their social medias. The members of the Goonies are hoping to turn this tradition into a club in the near future. Thus, making it a more inclusive and inviting environment. 

“Everybody’s considered a Goonie,” Wortman said.