Buffalo High School isn’t just a school – it is a community and a family, according to junior Hollis Mantle. Nothing reinforces that fact quite like the school’s spirit weeks.

“I am always excited to see people come out and support each other during Blackout Week,” Mantle said. “Buffalo High School is a big community, and it’s great that we can come together to celebrate all that makes our school special.”

BHS will be flooded with school spirit during the annual “Blackout Week,” which will take place the week of Feb. 3, according to Mantle, the BHS student council’s secretary, and senior Keegan Hansen Bennett McDonnell, the student council president.

“Blackout is a winter homecoming of sorts to recognize winter activities here at BHS,” McDonnell said. “It’s a great way to spread school spirit across the school and the whole community.”

The student council has scheduled a packed week full of student activities, dress-up days, sports and community activities, McDonnell said.

Among the highlights of the week are the annual co-ed volleyball game, a long-standing student tradition that will be held on Monday at 7 p.m., McDonnell said. The school will also host a community-wide trivia night on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the school’s auditorium.

Students will have a chance to showcase their talents during the “BHS Got Talent” assembly on the morning of Feb. 6, McDonnell said. Feb. 7 will bring a student council-sponsored silent auction, with profits benefiting Wyoming Make-A-Wish.

A National Honor Society-sponsored winter dance will be held in the high school’s auxiliary gym. starting at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

As always, the winter homecoming week will bring a host of at-home sporting events, McDonnell said. Girls freshman basketball will play a 6 p.m. game against Kaycee at BHS on Feb. 6. Feb. 7 will feature boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball games against Big Horn. On Feb. 8, the  boys and girls varsity, junior varsity and freshman basketball teams play Torrington.

The week will also bring a host of student dress-up days from twin day to Disney day.

As always, Blackout Week promises a packed schedule full of fun for students and the wider community, McDonnell said. After weeks of planning, she’s excited to see the fruits of her labor.

“Since I’m a senior, this is one of my last big hurrahs as student body president,” McDonnell said. “I’m excited to create this experience for our student body, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.”

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