NCP Rallies Significant Pep
By Oscar Yanek
This year’s pep rally consisted only of students and student performances. The hosts were Steve Jaimes, Adv. 911, and Kristina Raguay, Adv. 905, who kept the audience’s attention for a majority of the rally, which is not always achievable by NCP assemblies. The rally began with all the sports teams running around the gym, shortly followed by brief games, including relay races and miscellaneous athletic tasks, played by teams separated by grade level.
After the first game, all of the student athletes sat down and Poms performed a routine for the school. Poms performer Sarah Kamal, Adv. 909, said, “It was our best performance! The energy from the audience really rubbed off on us and we wanted to show the school what we work so hard for.” After the Poms performance, the school split up into grade level teams again and played another game where students had to stand inside a circle and throw balls into bins attached to the heads of both Marty mascots. That game was out of the box compared to the first but lead to some funny moments. The next portion of the rally were the Homecoming Court announcements.. Homecoming Court is usually the most exciting moment of Pep Rally -- and this year was no different. After all the nominees stood up and received their applause, Jaimes and Raguay continued the show.
Near the end of the rally, Cheer took to the court and performed a routine. “Our performance didn’t go as planned,” said Jackie Rodriguez, Adv. 901, captain of Cheer. “We had last minute changes to our routine, but overall we did everything we could to showcase the skills we’ve gained. It takes a lot of courage to go out there to perform in front of the entire school, so I’m proud of the team for even deciding to step out there.” After the performance, students from each grade returned to the court for one last game. The last game involved students playing circular tug of war around a trash can while trying to force their fellow students into touch the can. That got the audience the most riled up out of all of the games, particularly as Osazee Osaghae, Adv. 904, made freshman fly. With that, the 2018-2019 Pep Rally was finished.
However, this year’s Pep Rally faced criticism from the student body. Some students hate it for what it tries to be, although that is a largely unfair analysis. The Pep Rally is a divisive aspect of Northside culture. While this year’s Pep Rally was admittedly a bit strange at times, Northside’s rallies have always been a different compared to other schools’. School spirit, homecoming games, and sports in general, are not often the first thing that come to mind when Northside is mentioned. Nevertheless, Pep Rallies have always had a strange charm. I remember sitting in the gym Sophomore year watching Mr. Jeffrey Finelli, Assistant Principal, singing Karaoke in the car with teachers from throughout the school and Mr. Timothy Jung, English Department, singing live. This year was different in many ways but still possessed that same Northside charm, the personality of our student body shone through. I would say every student laughed at least once during the rally, whether it be from something surprising that happened in one of the games, from a joke in the script, or from the NoKapProductions chants. Our students have a sense of humor; we can laugh at ourselves, and that to me is more important than any sports hype.