Last week the AHS Jungle Council announced that next year the Jungle will be represented by Brendan Slattery, Maggie Danisch, Chris Tully, Grace Perigaut, and Evan Pantely.

The new Jungle Council -- from left, Maggie Danisch, Evan Pantely, Brendan Slattery, Grace Perigaut, and Chris Tully -- already have their game faces on for next season. (Photo by Jenna Kosinski)
The new Jungle Council — from left, Maggie Danisch, Evan Pantely, Brendan Slattery, Grace Perigaut, and Chris Tully — already have their game faces on for next season. (Photo by Jenna Kosinski)

According to Ben Hartford, a senior on this past year’s council, “the Jungle Council should be [made up of students] who are not afraid to lead the student body in a fan section, who challenge social norms, and accept all of the walks of life here at AHS. They should be able organize, lead, and they should love high school basketball.” After sitting down with the five new members of the council, it is evident that Hartford and the other Jungle members found a group of students who embody all of those traits.

Warrior Weekly: What are some of the reasons you wanted to be on the Jungle Council?

Perigaut: “Whenever I went to the games, the Jungle leaders made me feel like a crucial member of the Jungle community, and I hope to continue that next year for others. I also thought that leading it would be a great way to end my senior year of high school.”

Danisch: “Overall, I wanted to support our basketball team as much as possible. They are going to be great next year so they deserve a huge fan section.”

Slattery: “I have always loved going to the games, and the Jungle is a great way to promote school spirit the positive values of sportsmanship too.”

Warrior Weekly: What do you think you will bring to the table next year for the Jungle?

Tully: “I’m going to bring character and respect, but also a little rowdiness.”

Pantely: “A sense of teamwork and togetherness.”

Warrior Weekly: Do you have any new ideas to increase school spirit?

Tully: “We’re going to try and get more people involved, like the freshmen.”

Perigaut: “Promote the games more and get people excited about them.”

Pantely: “Jerseys instead of t-shirts!”

All Others: “No, Evan, just gold shirts.”

Pantely: “Yeah, it sounded like a better idea in my head, sorry.”

Warrior Weekly: What does the Jungle mean to you?

Perigaut: “It brings the community and AHS together that just going to school alone can’t do. It is student run and shows how we can come together as a group.”

Tully: “It’s a big responsibility, but we’re going to try to uphold the tradition in the best way we can.”

Hartford may have said it best in that “[the Jungle] is more than just a fan section. It is a social event out of school hours where people [can have fun] in a safe environment. It gets rid of some of the separation we have between social groups, and helps bring the AHS community together.”

By Jenna Kosinski