A new student-run organization has taken the school by a purple and gold themed storm this year. The Panther Pack was created during the latter months of last school year and has been steadily growing in size and overall recognition since its launch. The main goal of the pack, as explained by Senior Miranda Camp, is to create an exciting and entertaining atmosphere at athletic and extracurricular events that students, faculty, and community members can enjoy together. Camp also stressed school cohesion and camaraderie as the driving force that will allow the Panther Pack to benefit the school now and in the future.
“Right now, our biggest concern is getting the student body excited about Maumee sporting events and filling the stands,” says Camp. “Eventually, we’ll get more serious about seeking sponsors and developing an actual monetary budget for the organization, but for right now, we’re just trying to create a buzz within the school and I think we’ve definitely done that already this year.”
The group started off having bi-weekly meetings at the end of last school year, transitioning into monthly meetings over the summer, and is currently meeting every week. An executive board consisting of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant of arms was established over the summer to determine what students would be running the meetings. Class representatives were also chosen to ensure that each grade level is fully aware of all upcoming events.
The Pack has already established their presence after producing a bigger, louder, and overall much more raucous crowd during last Friday’s victory over Bowsher High School. However, Friday’s football home opener vs Tiffin Columbian will be the Panther Pack’s “jump off” game, as explained by Camp.
“The first home football game is always exciting no matter what, but we’re really trying to establish ourselves as a legitimate organization at this Friday’s game,” says Camp. “Mix in the excitement of the first home football game with a purple crowd theme and a body paint station, and I think we’ve created a recipe for an awesome atmosphere come Friday night.”
The body paint station referred to by Camp will be set up at the tailgate area by the entrance to the stadium from 5:30-6:30. Students, faculty, and any surrounding community members will have the opportunity to show their panther pride with body/face paint applied by Maumee cheerleaders and Panther Pack members. All panther fans are strongly encouraged to wear as much purple as possible to this Friday’s game as the football team looks to start the season 2-0!