All spring athletes sing the Knights anthem at the Spring Pep Rally at the gym. “It makes spring teams feel reunited since we don’t have a Pep Rally usually,” said senior Megan Lohner.
Junior Cameron Flowers sticks his tongue out as he tries to pull the rope for the juniors to win against the teachers. “I was very excited but it was very hot in the gym,” said Flowers.
Coach Paul Mahar holds the end of the rope trying not be pulled over the line in the battle against the juniors. “I had to give all my muscles to support the LN staff and once again we came out on top,” said Mahar.
Junior Lizzie Ko tries her best to wrap Junior Maileen Bugnaski with toilet paper. They wanted to beat the seniors to make the class of 2017 proud.
Sophomore Erika Osei rolls toilet paper around sophomore Nuru Lewis as fast as she can during the mummy game. “I was so nervous and hand shaking because the paper kept breaking and I wanted to win,” said Osei.
Junior Isabella Valdez laughs during the mummy game while the song “Fireworks” from Katy Perry was playing at the Pep Rally. “I can’t remember what I was laughing at that hard but whatever it was it was hysterical,” said Valdez.
Senior Sabrina Nieves and the band play their instruments in front of the whole school at the Spring Pep Rally. “I was super nervous and scared that I was going to miss it up because my nerves get the best of me when we perform,” said Nieves
Sophomore Jazman Davenport holds her hands behind her back while she is eating apple pie as fast as she can in one of the games at the Pep Rally. “I felt like I could win, but the pie was just so dry,” said Davenport.
Senior Jazmyn Jackson picks the balloons up after the balloon game at the gym. She was part of the staff because she is taking the sport and management class. “We were supposed to be like the game Hungry Hippo,” said Jackson.
Senior Rellisha Jackson dances at the Spring Pep Rally to celebrate their last Loy Norrix Pep Rally. They were enjoying the song playing during the running challenge.
Juniors Lauren Cole and Ashantai Hale-Sandifer compete during the balloon game at the Spring Pep Rally. “This game made me so dizzy, but I had a lot of fun though,” said Cole.
Teachers Paige O’Shea, Jennifer Watson and Tim Geerlings dance with some students in front of everyone at the Spring Pep Rally. “I was nervous but I felt the support from the students and once I felt that, I knew I could to everything,” said O’Shea.
Teachers Patrick Greeley and John Kreider sing a duo “The Time,” at the Spring Pep Rally to introduce the Link Crew team.
Junior Sacha Williams dances with Link Crew during the Running Man challenge that ended the Spring Pep Rally. “We just thought it would be fun to do a flash mob and surprise people,” said Williams.
Loy Norrix teacher Atiba Ward and his Sports Management class organized the first Spring Pep Rally on Wednesday, May 4. At the beginning, Ward wanted his class to organize a 5K run around the track, but senior Jake Link and junior Christian Baker came up with the idea of a Pep Rally instead.
“We wanted to create a Spring Pep Rally so spring athletes could be recognized,” said Baker.
Both students set up all the games, materials, music and gathered some teachers.
“We had a pretty hard time to find teachers that were willing to participate in games, and it made the organization even more stressful,” said Baker.
They had to figure everything out two days before the Pep Rally and were helped by Assistant Principal Kelly Hinga and Ward for supervision.
“What is special about this Pep Rally is that students organized everything on their own, and Mrs. Hinga and I only supervised,” said Ward.
However, they had a pretty easy time convincing school administrators and were ready on time.
The Pep rally started with the recognition of the spring athletes and was followed by games. Classes played tug-of-war and the juniors beat the seniors.
“It is really cool that juniors beat seniors because it is not usual so I was excited and happy,” said junior Sacha Williams.
They had also organized a mummy game and an air-balloon game, which was new. Then teachers Tim Geerlings, Paige O’Shea and Jennifer Watson did a little choreography and students had a really good time.
“Watching them dancing and doing weird movements was pretty funny,” said sophomore Abigail Dantes.
The Link Crew staff ended the first Spring Pep Rally with the popular running man challenge and it was a big success.
“Me and my friends had a lot of fun at the first spring Pep Rally, and I really believe they should do it again next year,” said senior Julia Morera.
The whole team really appreciated that the school administrators accepted the project and are happy to say that it was a success.
“Everything worked out perfectly at the end, even better than what we expected,” said Baker.