At Asheville Middle School, cougar pride is always being spread, and everyone feels pride in a different way. Whether people feel it when at a pep rally, when they hear a teacher talk, or when they feel supported, no matter when, or how, we all feel it. Ms. Forsythe says that “cougar pride is not just pride in our building or team but when we all come together as one to be part of a community bigger than ourselves”. A student, Kate Buys, feels the same way, she says that she feels the most cougar pride “when I am surrounded by a fluffy pillow of supportive teachers and friendly classmates, and I know that if I fall they will be there to catch me because they are my pillow that I know I can fall into when I need to”. Other students say they feel pride during sports, like one student Aislinn Nash says she feels the most cougar pride when she is playing her volleyball team. Another student, Winston Sloan, says “I feel the most cougar pride when I’m in the locker room getting pumped up with my team.”
Everyone feels this cougar pride in a different way, and they show it differently too. One student says they wear their cougar wear around town and that shows their pride and tells people where they go to school. An 8th grader, Hallie Dodd, said that she “goes to all the sports games and supports our cougar sports.” Even if students don’t always feel this pride everyone has felt it in some way, shape, or form. So, how do you show YOUR Cougar Pride?
Story by Ginger Hanlon