Senior class officers add new flavor to traditional pep rally

By Jesse Zhang
Published: December 2009

After careful planning, the senior Class Officers created what some say to be the best pep rally in years on November 25.

Classes and clubs collided in minigames during the one and a half hour pep rally that led up to the annual Powderpuff game.

Minigames included a balloon popping race where representatives of classes popped balloons while hopping in sacks, a tug-of-war between clubs and sports teams, a relay where grouped partners dropped water balloons into buckets, and a race where chains of faculty and students moved a hula-hoop from one side to the other without breaking the chain.

“I thought the change from just having everyone go in and cheer to playing games made [the pep rally] more interesting and fun, senior Celina Chan said. Chan believes that spirit is a way of representing one’s school and taking pride in what that school does.

Senior Class Officers Chantel Aaron, Liza Barnes, Hallie Boviard, Chenzhe Cao, Ben Chesler, and David Krieger had met with Principal Joel Stembridge and the four housemasters several times since the beginning of the school year while drafting pep rally plans and timelines. The Class Officers also ran through minigames before the actual event.

According to senior class adviser Josepha Blocker, the Class Officers had been planning the pep rally for at least two months.

“The officers did a really good job talking and trying to be inclusive of everyone, Stembridge said. “It takes a lot of time and effort.

“It seemed like there was actual spirit, senior Jacob Liverman said. “The students seemed to be happy to be a part of South and the pep rally.

Barnes agreed, noting that the students, especially the seniors, were very spirited.
“People were much more involved this year, Barnes said, “and it was a happier and crazier environment.

Originally, the senior Class Officers had planned on using shaving cream and baby oil during some minigames. After communicating with Athletic Director Scott Perrin, they were informed that both the above products would damage the Field House floors.

Stembridge, who has been attempting to understand what “spirit means to the school, feels that the pep rally was successful. “I don’t judge spirit by how loud we were, but I do judge our sense of community by whether or not people are willing to come to school just to hang out with each other, he said.

Stembridge also noted how more students have come to Saturday football games to hang out and watch the game.

Barnes feels spirit makes students and teachers excited about being part of the school.
“It makes the school a more friendly and inviting environment, she said.

Liverman believes that unlike in his freshman year, spirit is no longer forced.

“It is something that has to come organically, Liverman said. “Everyone wearing blue and orange made it feel like the school was one unit.

Administration also cracked down on inappropriate behavior at the Powderpuff game this year, announcing the day before that students were not allowed to leave school grounds, were subject to breathalyzer tests, and were not allowed to use inappropriate substances during the game.

“Last year, some students made some regrettable choices, Blocker said. “We wanted to make sure everything was good.

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