October 10, 2017
The Palm Beach Daily News
At Rosarian Academy’s field day each year, tutus are a sign of honor — even for the boys.
“Tutus are in the spirit of this thing,” said Cara Scarola Hansen, the school’s marketing and communications director. “You wear the most outlandish thing you can think of.”
Every Rosarian student in the middle school is assigned to a color team and stays on that team through his or her years there. The team scheme breeds spirit, sportsmanship and solid ties with students throughout the school, school officials say.
Last week, Harrison Ashley and William Fabbri proudly sported their tutus and face paint for their purple team. Friday was Ashley’s first field day and Fabbri’s second. Other teammates wore crazy hats, leis, feather boas, Mardi Gras beads, capes and more. One wore a unicorn helmet.
“The tutus are kind of fun,” said Fabbri, who plays flag football and runs track. His sister, Madison, was one of the eighth-grade captains.
“We have spirit and sportsmanship,” said Ashley, who plays on the flag football, swimming, lacrosse and soccer teams. “I think we could win this.”
But that was not to be. Team Blue took the overall championship with 139 points, followed by Team Green (115) and Team Purple (111). Team Blue also won the sportsmanship award and Team Red won the cheers competition, edging out Team Purple.
“This is definitely a day the kids plan for all year,” said athletic director Lindsey Beylo, who sported a hunter-green tutu along with Day-Glo orange knee socks. “The eighth-graders start planning out the cheers they want to use over the summer, and the teachers get competitive with it, too, which is great.”