The Ponte Vedra High School student section is adding color, sound and spirit to the Friday Night Lights at each home football game this season.
With all of the excitement, Sharks junior running back, Hal Swan, says, “The encouragement of the student section impacts my performance because it really drives me to do my best for everybody up there.” Discussing his favorite part of the games, Swan adds, “When we start our jog at the 50 yard line, the student section starts going crazy, and when you factor in the sound of the band, there is nothing like it. My heart starts beating out of my chest and I can’t help but smile.”
In the early weeks of the 2015 football season, the student section has united together under various themes for each night, including Heart for Hunter/American Pride, Black Out, and Super Heroes. Describing her enthusiasm for the student section, senior Mary Stephens says, “I’m always most excited for the chants. We scream as loud as we can to support the boys that work so hard on the field.”
The Sharks’ student section has grown considerably since 2008, and the contagious school pride and encouragement has expanded to other sporting events, such as basketball and volleyball.
Coming up? The student section will proudly dress in their class colors (Oct. 2, PVHS vs. Westside), support breast cancer awareness in a Pink Out (Oct. 9, PVHS vs. Bartram Trail), and end the home season with a Black Out (Oct.16, PVHS vs. Bishop Kenny).