Pep Rally Encourages Students For Games Over The Weekend
It was a exciting packed weekend for the Hillgrove High school. With the soccer team beginning its season and the Superbowl on Sunday, Hillgrove students prepared for the anticipated pep rally on Friday, February 2, 2018. The pep rally was an event for the students to support their girls basketball team and boys basketball. Both girls and boys basketball teams were scheduled to play against their rival McEachern High school. On Saturday, both teams will go against North Paulding High School. Being the first pep rally of the second semester as well as the Hillgrove teams going against a rival team, the expectations were high. However, the dress up days gave a sign of reassurance as many students were participating.
The dress up days were each day the week of the pep rally. Each day with a different; Monday was jersey day, Tuesday was crazy hat day, Wednesday was swinter a combination of summer and winter, and Thursday was look alike day. On the day of pep rally, the theme was black out. Though many students enjoy the pep rally for a number of reasons, there have been many complaints and suggestions to improve the overall experience. One reason for many students to participate in the pep rally are because of the events organized for the students. One student, Yoliez, is looking forward for the pep rally saying, “ The pep rally is a time I can enjoy with my friends. All the dances I am looking forward to, I heard the step team is performing and the dance team and those always be lit”. These performances such as the dance team , step team, and the cheerleading chants are popular among the students and usually are the highlights for students.
During the pep rally, the students get to see a number of performances and games students are able to join in as well. Still, there are students who believe that pep rallies are overrated and the students should have more promotions to participate. Speaking about this was a junior, Chase, who has always gone to the pep rallies. Others like Chase feel as though the pep rally promotions are not engaging students enough, “I don’t ever hear them talk about the games...not posters,we don't read that stuff! We’re talking to our friends in the hallway, we don't pay attention to that." Students suggested they announce over the intercom more often to encourage kids with these events.
In the end students see the pep rally as great opportunity to show spirit, enjoy time with friends, watch student performances and support the teams for their games. Although students believed communication of the event could improve, as well as the collaboration for the different events, the pep rally was an environment of spirit and support for Hillgrove High school.