Homecoming pep rally gets students excited for the game

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Homecoming pep rally gets students excited for the game

Allie Thompson performs the cheer routine at the pep rally along with her teammates.

Allie Thompson performs the cheer routine at the pep rally along with her teammates.

Miah Thirion

Allie Thompson performs the cheer routine at the pep rally along with her teammates.

Miah Thirion

Miah Thirion

Allie Thompson performs the cheer routine at the pep rally along with her teammates.

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On Friday, Sept. 20, students at Cactus Shadows High School attended the homecoming pep rally. As the tradition resumes, the pep rally included performances by choir, company, pom, cheer, band, and nest leaders. 

During the pep rally, Student Council organized different competitive activities to take place on the floor. These games included tug of war,  a relay, and a balloon popping game. The nest leaders lead the crowd in different crowd activities, such as split the nest. 

“We always allow the nest leaders to have a segment, as a pep rally is a dress rehearsal for that night’s game,” said Cameron Bender, Student Council advisor.

The pep rally required a lot of behind the scenes planning by Student Council and a lot of practice by performers at the pep rally. 

“We reach out to various groups to see if they want to participate. Once we know who wants to be a part of it, we make a schedule of events…rehearsal is before school and during first and second periods,” said Bender

The pep rallies are planned to the minute by the nest leaders and Student Council. Between all the games and performances by chorus and dance there isn’t much time. Planning is a very large aspect that goes into each and every pep rally. It can take anywhere from a week to a couple weeks to completely plan each pep rally. Because the purpose of the pep rally was to celebrate  homecoming, it was organized along with many other events.

“The first pep rally we did a different game than the Tug of War because we didn’t have time for both so one assembly got a different game and one got the other. So it would be nice to have all of it, we plan it out to the minute,” said Lola Draper, a nest leader.

Pep rallies at an important factor to school spirit, they really help encourage school spirit seen from the students. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of pep rally is “a meeting aimed at inspiring enthusiasm, especially one held before a sports event.” 

Many students participate in pep rallies and find that it encourages school spirit.

“School spirit is definitely important because it kinda hypes everybody up and when you see other people dressing up, you know that’s it’s kinda like a union or cooperation between all of your classmates and it makes everybody happier,” said Madelyn Babbit, a sophomore. 

Overall, students find that the pep rally encourages school spirit and gets them prepared and ready for the game.

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