You might remember that old cheer — ”we have spirit, yes we do, we have spirit, how ‘bout you!” 

For Canton-Galva, that school spirit has a tangible symbol, one that was destroyed but now lives on again. 

Last year, students at Canton-Galva High School found an “Eagle Stick” at a gas station that became the students spirit stick, traveling from sporting events to sporting events.  However, it didn’t survive to continue on.  

But members of the community noticed what the stick represented, and believe it needed to return to prominence at Canton-Galva events

Members of the Community Advocate Group supporting USD #419, believed  it would be a great idea to bring this back.  

“Over the past year, we have seen  momentum and spirit of our students, teachers, parents and community really come together and is extremely exciting to see,” wrote Ashley Schmidt, a member of the advocate group. Our rural schools thrive from our community support.  Anytime our community can see the positive impact they make on these kids, it is truly priceless and the energy shines with spirit.”


Members of the group chose to start a new tradition at Canton-Galva High School  and donated a new spirit stick, decorated in school colors.  

It was recently presented to the Senior Class with a few rules:   

1) As a school,  work together to try to have the spirit stick at all sporting events, cheering on your Eagle family.  

2) This represents your school colors- be proud but be respectful.

3)  At the end of the school year, the spirit stick is passed on from the current Class President to the incoming Senior Class President to carry on the tradition. Soar high CG Eagles!


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