NHS, PN-G students show Mid County Madness spirit

Published 1:51 pm Friday, October 16, 2015

There were a lot of ‘nerds’ in Mid County this week.

The good hearted rivalry between Nederland Bulldogs and Port Neches-Groves Indians was celebrated all week long at each respective high school with special dress up days and one of the most fun for all was Nerd Day.

Over at Nederland High School students donned their nerdiest purple and white costumes. Emma Roccaforte, a junior, said spirit week is her favorite and she enjoys dressing up with her friends and showing her school spirit.

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James Brinzda, a senior, was clad in a friend’s pee wee football jersey and used a purple dress as a skirt.

“It’s fun being a part of something that everybody looks forward to,” Brindza said.

Last year one of Brindza’s friends at PN-G dressed as him complete with soccer ball and football — the two sports Brindza plays.

The nerdy attire wasn’t just for students. Senior English teacher Diane Johnson and biology teacher Phyllis Mosley donned their costumes as well.

“It’s a way to support school spirit and a fun rivalry with our neighbors across the tracks,” Johnson said.

Mosley dug into her pocket and came out with a hairy mole; she forgot to bring some adhesive and was unable to add this final touch to her nerdy look, she said.

Natalie Gomez, assistant principal, said the dress-up day is a long standing tradition at both schools.

“Students are making memories they will cherish for a long time,” Gomez said. “They will remember these times and can share them with their parents who likely participated too.”

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Over at PN-G High School Rian Weatherford, a junior, was dressed as a Nederland cheerleader only nerdier. She said dressing up during Nerd Day builds anticipation for the upcoming game.

Lindsey LeDoux, a junior, was dressed as a railroad worker/troll and said the dress up day makes the rivalry 10 times better.

Pat Briggs, assistant principal, said the student love the rivalry.

“They’ve handled it with good sportsmanship and everybody is having a good time.”

Mid County Madness refers to the build-up, atmosphere and state of mind leading up to the Friday night game that culminates in the Bum Phillips Bowl.

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