Totem 63 Spirit candidates, from left, Luchia Bernar (Dance team), Jenna Tardiff (Cheer team), Lachlan Duncan (Senior band), Jordan Higgins (Physics 12) and Gracie Mitchell (Social Justice) have been promoting the annual basketball tournament since the beginning of December. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

TOTEM 63: Alberni Armada Totem Spirit competition not just about basketball

ADSS students get into the spirit

Five candidates are vying for the Totem Spirit title at this year’s 63rd annual basketball tournament. The title represents so much more than the sport, says Alberni District Secondary School athletic director Mike Roberts.

Gracie Mitchell is representing Social Justice this year. Jordan Higgins is representing Physics 12. Luchia Bernar is the Dance Team rep, Jenna Tardif is the Cheer Team rep and Lachlan Duncan is the Senior Band rep.

The student body begins talking about Totem Spirit as early as September, says Roberts. This year’s slate is diverse, says Higgins, who is representing the sciences. “No one runs for sciences so I thought I might as well, she said. “Science and math are my strong points. I wanted to be involved in my last year of high school and last year attending Totem as a student.”

Duncan feels the same way, as he tries to raise the senior band’s profile while contributing during his Grade 12 year.

Roberts said that diversity embodies Totem Spirit, which is more than 50 years old. “Totem Spirit continues to be a part of Totem because it allows so many other students to be involved with the tournament,” he said.

“It’s important to Totem organizers because it promotes the tournament, builds awareness, creates school spirit, brings groups together for a common goal, helps builds crowds and is a big reason why Totem is as grand as it is.”

Mitchell and Higgins were both involved in Totem Spirit last year—Mitchell with the rugby team and Higgins with the cheer team—but as supporters. This year they are eager to represent their chosen classes during Spirit Week and at the pep rally.

The Totem Spirit winner will be crowned on Saturday at the conclusion of the Totem tournament.

The public is welcome to attend all Totem games and events Jan. 11–13. Check out the event Facebook page for admission costs.

Just Posted

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Alberni university zeroes in on disability and poverty

BY MIKE YOUDS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS The road to poverty can… Continue reading

Celebrate cycling in Port Alberni during Bike to Work and School Week

Numerous ‘celebration stations’ are planned for May 28 to June 2

Ahousaht welcomes massive Surfrider Canada conference to Meares Island near Tofino

“It was the first time we’ve all come together.”

Alberni RCMP kept busy with 170 calls over May long weekend

Detachment answers calls from fatal vehicle crash to man with a gun, trailer thefts

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

B.C. teacher charged with sexual offences involving two teens

Henry Kang, 50, of Abbotsford charged with two counts each sex assault and sexual exploitation

Toronto Raptors star to hold basketball camp in B.C.

DeMar DeRozan is hosting a four-day camp for players aged 6-16 at the University of Victoria

Military college students accused of violating Qur’an with bacon

Alleged acts by four cadets from the Royal Military College in Quebec caught on video

Canucks sign top prospect Elias Pettersson to entry-level deal

Slick centre drafted No. 5 overall in 2017 NHL draft

Most Read