Pep Rally Shows Spirit is Back at MHS!

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Pep Rally Shows Spirit is Back at MHS!

Maura Fennelly

Dylan Lai, Abi Raymaker, and AJ Ding show their spirit in maroon and gold

Maura Fennelly, Co-Editor in Chief

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This past Friday, October 25th, Madison High School had its first pep rally of the year and the result was anything but ordinary compared to recent years’ attempts. The school was literally covered in maroon and gold as students dove in to decorate the building in Dodger pride.

Since my freshman year at Madison High, one thing that always bothered me was the lack of school spirit. Students will question from time to time why the school isn’t as festive as nearby schools. However, everyone that once lacked spirit for Madison was in awe when the school came together as one, and all doused in maroon and gold.

Last year there was no pep rally and no one was really quite sure as to why the event disappeared. Even though the rally wasn’t a huge point of students’ focus, its absence highlighted the emptiness of school unity.  This year, however, Student Council President Abi Raymaker and Vice- President AJ Ding were determined to bring the event back to life with the help of fellow council members and the entire student body.

It’s clear that the Student Council did a superb job in planning the event. Each grade had designated hallways to decorate to represent themselves which made way for entertaining competition. Students and faculty members were covered head to toe in maroon and gold throughout the school day. A table was even set up in the main lobby during lunch to give students the opportunity to put on a Madison tattoo or even color his or her entire face in maroon and gold paint.

At the Pep Rally, the gymnasium was full of hundreds of wound- up students in Dodger gear and separated in by grade for each section. The chanting, applause, and support for fellow students during captain speeches, tug-of-war, dance-off, and band performance made students feel proud to be a part of Madison High School. As the 12th graders threw confetti in the air, stormed the court, and chanted “Seniors” towards the end of the rally, it was clear that school spirit was brought back to Madison. It felt even more amazing for seniors as this was the first Pep rally we have ever experienced with such vigor and enthusiasm from so many people. The Student Council organized pep rally was just the beginning of an energized and supportive school atmosphere as this week (October 28th– November 1st) is “Spirit Week”. Everyone should go all out in dressing up for each day’s theme; Monday is “Dress for Success”, Tuesday is “Twin Day”, Wednesday is “America Day”, Thursday is “Halloween Costume”, and Friday is “Class Clash” (Freshmen wear white, Sophomores- gold, Juniors- maroon, and Seniors- black). From my own perspective along with hundreds of other students’ and faculty members’, it was clear that on October 25th, it was a great day to be a Dodger.

Since Abi (AR) was the leader of the event, I decided to ask her some questions about her motivation and reaction to the event:

MDO: What motivated you to bring the pep rally back to the high school and lead it?

AR: The main motivation and inspiration for bringing back a pep rally at MHS were the pep rallies held at my previous high school, Glenbrook South in Illinois. It was amazing to be at a school with so much spirit, and you can tell Madison has lots of spirit but it sometimes is confined to sports teams or other smaller groups within the school so I really wanted to try having the whole school come together. Our student council this year is full of amazing people, and I knew that if we decided to do a pep rally we would have tons of great people to make it happen so I wasn’t worried about that.

MDO: What was your reaction to the student body’s massive participation in the event?

AR: I was really excited to see how everything came together. I was also really proud of everyone who helped make it happen, because we all had some worries. It was kind of scary just because we knew we had to make the pep rally really great because a lot of kids had a preconceived idea of pep rallies being “lame”. It’s hard to have anything be fun once just a few kids start to say it’s lame. I was also really proud of our school- I feel like people put themselves out there by painting their faces and dressing up and opening their mind to something that’s sort of new for our school.

MDO: Do you think that this pep rally is just the start of more school spirit at Madison?

AR: The pep rally is just the start. It’s going to kick off an awesome spirit week, and hopefully tons of other events. Now that the student body sees that we do have spirit and that it’s a really cool thing, they’re excited for more spirit events and that just makes the student council’s job easier. We’re all really excited to plan more stuff.

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19 Responses to “Pep Rally Shows Spirit is Back at MHS!”

  1. Lainie R on October 28th, 2013 9:47 pm

    so happy to see this!! Good job co-editor maura

  2. Caitlyn Massaro 96 on October 29th, 2013 1:14 pm

    Hope this school spirit lasts the rest of the year.

  3. Chloe Youn 96 on October 29th, 2013 5:16 pm

    (assigned assignment) It’s true that madison doesn’t really scream school spirit, and its not a secret, when we had the pep rally even i was surprised that people dressed up and actually cheered, its good that madison is showing some spirit

  4. Meghan 96 on October 29th, 2013 8:12 pm

    The pep rally was a lot of fun and spirit week has been a success so far! Good job student council

  5. Brett 92 on October 29th, 2013 8:12 pm

    I liked your article and I enjoyed the pep rally. I like how there was an interview at the end with the leader of the pep rally. Good job!

  6. Sarah Timmons 92 on October 29th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Great job putting together the pep-rally Abi Raymaker and AJ Ding!! It was a huge success!

  7. Christian 92 on October 29th, 2013 8:24 pm

    The pep rally was a lot of fun and you summed up the schools spirit and the energy the school had well in this article, I agree that the pep rally was a great kick starter to a great spirit week.

  8. Cara Smith on October 29th, 2013 9:34 pm

    The pep rally at Madison High School was a huge success! All the students and faculty really got into dressing in maroon and gold. Each grade had a hallway to decorate which made a fun competition. The pep rally itself was exciting and full of energy. Students from different sports teams spoke and the cheers for the tug of war echoed all over the gym. Student council is very excited to plan more events for this school year.

  9. Katie Calcaterra 92 on October 29th, 2013 10:10 pm

    I also enjoyed the pep rally, and agree that more school spirit is always needed. It was a great way to bring the school together, this was also said by the student council president.

  10. Dana 96 on October 29th, 2013 10:22 pm

    On Friday, throughout the school there was a lot of school spirit including students either getting their face painted or getting tattoos in the main lobby during lunch. I didn’t know that the Student Council planned this event; they did a great job!

  11. Isabel B on October 30th, 2013 10:18 am

    I was really excited to see so much school spirit at MHS on the day of the pep rally! It was great that they brought it back after last year when is seemed to have disappeared. All of the events during the pep rally including tug of war and the band playing and everything was so exciting!

  12. Maddison 96 on October 30th, 2013 11:14 am

    The student council did an amazing job with the pep rally and definitely got students wound up. I thought it was a good idea how they had a table where people had face paint and tattoos.

  13. Julia 92 on October 30th, 2013 11:30 am

    The pep rally was so fun! it brought the whole school together and we had so much spirit. Everyone had a great time and cheered on their grade.

  14. Garrett 92 on October 30th, 2013 10:43 pm

    Great time, freshman beat almost everyone in the tug of war (except the teachers), hope to do it again next year

  15. Murdoch 92 on October 31st, 2013 8:04 am

    i found it really fun, getting to cheer on your grade in the pep rally events. I also found it interesting tho know that the school didnt have a pep rally last year and their was a lack of school spirit. Its good to know they brought it back and i hope it lasts the rest of the year.

  16. Jennie on November 1st, 2013 12:41 pm

    our Madison spirit is truly one of a kind and I hope it lasts for a long time

  17. pearl on November 1st, 2013 1:14 pm

    i really enjoyed the pep rally it was alot of fun and everyone seemed to have a good time. i also really liked the spirit week everyone seemed to have fun with it and it was a really fun week.

  18. pearl96 on November 1st, 2013 1:17 pm

    the spirit days were alot of fun and everyone seemed to be really happy i also loved the pep rally everyone seemed to have aton of fun

  19. Becca Johnson on November 19th, 2013 1:31 am

    Go Dodgers! Really happy to see some school spirit. It’s about time!

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