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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Powderpuff changes its name to Spirit Bowl without losing the excitement

Alyssa Bish
Kendall White smiles as she tie-dyes a jersey in the quad during lunch. This is a traditional Spirit Bowl activity. Each grade has a different color dye for their jerseys.

Spirit Bowl is revving up for an exhilarating new season. This Homecoming Week tradition features a series of flag football showdowns, where non-male identifying students face off during lunch and after school.

For years, Carlmont has called the flag football showdowns between different grade levels Powderpuff. However, due to a closer look at the word’s true definition, the Associated Student Body (ASB) has decided to change the name to Spirit Bowl. According to Merriam-Webster, the word powder-puff refers to a traditional male activity women play. Hence, ASB wants to make the event inclusive to all students, further contributing to the name change.

Christine Young, a junior, has been on the Class of 2025 team since freshman year.

“It’s a great way to meet new people, get out of your comfort zone, and have fun and run around and be yourself,” Young said.

As the excitement unfolds on the field, a spirited squad of cheerleaders roots on their team, captivating the crowd with enthusiasm. Notably, this year, the role of cheerleading in Spirit Bowl is open to everyone, further embracing the inclusive spirit of the event.

“I think the name is a really good change. I think the name was overplaying the feminine aspect. Usually, powder is referred to as something light, and I don’t think that’s what Spirit Bowl is,” said Henry Massey, a coach for the junior Spirit Bowl team. 

The change to Spirit Bowl doesn’t mean the whole activity is upended. The structure and energy will remain the same. For example, like prior years, students can buy a jersey and tie-dye it to the color their grade will represent. The activities leading up to kickoff are designed to cultivate a spirited environment that aligns perfectly with the event’s suitable name, Spirit Bowl.

Furthermore, Spirit Bowl will continue to host its first round of games at lunch, while the championship and consolation games will be played at night, under the lights.

“I think, in my mind, it’ll always be considered Powderpuff regardless of the name switch. The name isn’t really important. It’s just about having fun and trying something new,” said Sunehra Pulugurta, a senior player. 

This Carlmont tradition will continue to evolve each year. However, one thing is for sure. No matter the event’s name, friendships will be made, games will be competitive, and spirit will be in the air.

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About the Contributors
Hannah Chan, Staff Writer
Hannah Chan is a junior at Carlmont High School. She has written articles on campus life and produced videos for Scot Center. She enjoys figure skating, track, and playing with dogs.
Alyssa Bish, Staff Writer
Alyssa Bish (Class of 2025) is a current photojournalist for Scot Scoop. This is her second year in the journalism program and she is super excited to continue taking pictures for this award-winning program. In her spare time, you can find Alyssa on the soccer field playing for either her club team or the Carlmont varsity team. View her journalism website here: Alyssa Bish Photojournalism

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