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Pep Rallies – They aren’t Always Perfect

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Luke Bates – Contributor

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Pep rallies are events that are held mainly to give enthusiasm to a group of people. The purpose of pep rallies is to help excite people, students in particular, typically for any upcoming sporting events.

The idea of holding a pep rally is very good in theory.  It is good to want to get people excited for upcoming sporting events and to give them pride for their team. The problem is that pep rallies are sometimes not executed well. Yes, the activities during the pep rallies are interesting, and they can bring laughs. It may be fun for the students who are participating, but is not the setup meant to entertain everyone? There have been times where the audience of the pep rally has asked “What is going on?”

These events have students from grades 7 through 12 enter the gymnasium. Each grade has a specific section in the bleachers to sit, and the band also has their own specific section within the bleachers. At the beginning of the event, the names of athletes from various sports are spoken. Throughout the pep rally, students and teachers are involved in different activities as the audience in the bleachers can watch. Some of the activities include having the participators wear different things such as dinosaur and sumo costumes.

Different groups from the school, such as the marching band and the cheerleaders, attend the pep rally, and they perform there. The band plays a selected few stand tunes, and the percussionists play on their own at times. At the end of the pep rally, the cheerleaders hold up a giant bar, and that they give each grade, including the band as their own group, to scream as loud as they can.

It can be argued by students that the pep rallies can be something to give them a break from their work. This is something that is understandable, we all need a break at times, and there is nothing wrong with this. These events also make the audience laugh, and give them a good time, and that some of these pep rallies do offer this. These events are not perfect, but they are still enjoyable by multiple students.

A suggestion to make is to improve upon the activities in the pep rallies, and to make them more appealing to the audience. Some activities are just entertaining enough, and do not need to be changed, but some of the games have a confusing setup that just leaves the audience more confused than entertained.

In conclusion, pep rallies are not anything bad, but a few different activities could be executed in better ways than how they are now.

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Luke Bates, Contributor

Luke Bates is a sophomore and a first year journalism student.

He participates in the JM marching and concert band as a clarinet player. He serves as...

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