2019 Fall Pep Rally a Success After Previous Year’s Silence

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2019 Fall Pep Rally a Success After Previous Year’s Silence

Devin Ouk, Taylor Moore, and Kevin Savage

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Students head across campus to enter the Hackler Gymnasium for Pinkerton’s Fall 2019 Pep Rally

Pinkerton’s 2019 fall pep rally was an afternoon filled with excitement, celebration and anticipation of a strong Mack Plaque weekend following the previous year’s silenced event. This year’s celebration of Pinkerton sports came off the back of a strong spirit week, which included high participation in themes like Neon Day, America Day, Throwback Thursday, and Tourist Day. By comparison, last year’s spirit week did not have as much participation but the hype for the pep rally was still in the air. When that day finally arrived, however, there was an anonymous call forcing the school to enter a stay in place, effectively canceling the pep rally until the following spring. By the time the 2018-2019 spring pep rally came around, most of its relevance was lost as most sports teams were already done with their seasons, and everyone expected another call canceling the pep rally for a second time that year. One student, Chris Coventry, weighed in on the disappointment of last year’s postponed pep rally. “It sucked because were supposed to have a rally before the big game not after the big game.” One teacher, Mr. Cavallaro, recalled, “I was in my room getting my class ready to go down to the gym for the pep rally when there was an unexpected announcement calling for a stay in place. We were in there for about two hours waiting for it to be lifted knowing the pep rally was canceled.” The challenges of hosting any school wide event at Pinkerton are amplified, and a pep rally is no exception. Getting 3400 students together in a gymnasium poses its own set of threats and risks–the reality of today’s educational environment. Still, Pinkerton administrators do their utmost to keep the school safe. After a positive outcome, this years pep rally was an experience that helped build Pinkerton’s climate and culture, boosting hope and anticipation for the years to come.