Pep Rallies: An Open Letter

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Pep Rallies: An Open Letter

Emma Kinghorn

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Dear Administration,

As freshman we were welcomed to the school with a pep rally. It was our initiation into the student section. We learned cheers, volunteered for games, and made priceless memories. The then-seniors (Class of 2012) took the lead and spoke to us, the whole school, about their plans for the student sections, or other events like homecoming. Huge rivalry games, such as  Cathedral, were made even better because four hours earlier we had all been pumped up, organized and excited. Pep rallies helped unify, excite, and better our student section, school pride, and spirit.

The point of pep rallies is that they give us an opportunity to highlight, support, and celebrate athletes, teams, and groups that have excelled. It’s what all Chatard students work toward, so why not celebrate it? Whether it’s Trobotics, cross country stars, or the football team, their accomplishments should be shared with the whole school and community. We should get to have fun and relax after all of the hard work it took for them to get there.

Some of our best memories come from Clay Polak, 2015, rollerblading through our gym, competing in relay races against other classes. Or when former principal Dr. John Atha rode a mechanical bull. Pep rallies were a way for us to relieve some stress. We had made it through the week, no more classes left, and we were ready to have some fun.

Our first pep rally our freshman year was before our first football game. The cheerleaders came out and taught everyone the fight song. We learned the Victory Cheer, we were told how many times to repeat chants, how to move our hands for a first down, and all of the steps of the “I Believe” cheer.  This made our student section easier to run, and much more fun. This year our senior class is eager to try new things, such as the interlude dance, or the roller coaster. However, trying to yell over the whole school or sending emails don’t always work very well.

Holding pep rallies before big games or events, don’t just get us excited. They become an opportunity to come together as a school. The only other time we are able to do this is Mass, which is not the time to yell, scream and socialize. Coming together at a time when we can form relationships with the younger classes, and give them fun, goofy memories is very important.

We want the opportunity to truly be “all in”, our Senior Class is eager to lead, but we also want to have the chance to lead the entire school the same way we were taught as freshman.

Respectfully,

The Class of 2016