Yes, yes, yes, they do.
Appoquinimink High School has school spirit and they're showing it off this week in advance of their homecoming football game against Archmere Academy on Friday, followed by the big dance on Saturday.
"Homecoming is homecoming, so it's a big deal for us," said student Ben Jonocha, the student body president at Appoquinimink High and the vice president of the senior class. "We're trying to get everyone hyped up this week, and not just for the football game. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our school as a whole."
To that end, the six-year-old high school kicked off Spirit Week on Monday by encouraging students to wear funky outfits for Mix 'n' Match Monday, followed by Tourist Tuesday, orange outfits for the anti-bullying Unity Day on Wednesday and Class Colors Day on Thursday when seniors will wear maroon, juniors will don black, sophomores will wear white and freshman will rock their grey gear.
School will be closed on Friday for an in-service, but students will still be encouraged to wear black that day to show off their Jaguar pride.
Wednesday will be a particularly special day for Appoquinimink High.
In addition wearing orange and signing a banner to show their opposition to bullying, students also will be competing by grade level to offer the best-decorated hallway followed by the announcement of the homecoming court.
The three male and female seniors who receive the most votes this week will appear at halftime of the homecoming football game, where the 2013 king and queen will be announced.
Prior to the 7 p.m. game between the Jaguars (0-5) and the Archmere Auks (2-3), Appoquinimink High students also will host a reception for its alumni in the school's commons.
"They'll be punch, cake and snacks, as well as a slideshow of photos from the yearbooks of past years," Jonocha said. "Because we're a new school, we don't have that many alumni, but we're trying to start a tradition of pride by encouraging people who have graduated to come back and show their support."
The football game will be followed by the homecoming dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the school commons, where this year's homecoming king and queen will receive their sashes and crowns.
The theme of this year's dance is "Passport to Paris."
"We've been planning for this weekend since the first student council meeting of the year," Jonocha said. "We've had people staying after school until 8 p.m. to plan and prepare because we all want this to be the best homecoming that we can make it."