By Robin Grace Bagaygay
This past Thursday, the NHS homecoming rally began with an uproar of excited students filled with school spirit and ended with a great celebration. From singing out loud to yelling across the gym, students of all grades enjoyed the Disney-themed rally.
It started off with JV cheer making a fantastic performance with smiles on their faces as they and Varsity cheer came after, showing their true talent.
“It was my first time performing at the rally,” said JV cheerleader, Regina Sanchez. “It was really fun.”
Afterwards, the senior class earned spirit points for finishing the lyrics in the ‘Finish the Song’ contest. Although the seniors won, all classes participated with great efforts to win.
In addition, MSA Dance electrified the crowd with their jaw-dropping moves.
“My favorite part of the entire rally was the performance from MSA dance,” shared sophomore Aaron Lopez. “They were amazing and it just made my day.”
Then the lights turned off and the countdown began. The homecoming court duos of Sarah Bailey and John Prince, Shannon Dugdale and Hunter Woelfle, Destanee Tvedten and Luis Soriano, Allie Level and Colby Lamond, Grace Levy and Jack Mason, Sara Lofrano and Adam Brodsky, Shayda Bakhtiari and Sergio A. Melendez, Mckenzie Mock and Frank Demma all starred in Disney-themed Homecoming videos with a satisfied crowd cheering each nominee on.
“The homecoming video was pretty cool,” said junior German Gonzalez. “I especially like the Aladdin part. It’s my favorite movie.”
After the video, the homecoming court stormed through the back doors of the gym and lined up side-by-side with huge smiles on their faces. They were presented one by one, along with descriptions of their backgrounds and accomplishments.
Next, the entire gym was quiet as all the students stood up on their feet. The gym shook with loud shouts and stomping from students around the gym. The yelling competition began.
“Oh the yelling competition was my favorite part of the entire rally,” shared junior Sofie Levin. “You won’t believe how loud and excited I was for this moment.”
The sophomore class started it off with their chant: “sophomores, sophomores, where are the juniors?” followed by the juniors yelling at the seniors. Next were the seniors calling out the freshmen and freshmen shouting at the sophomores in a cycle. The junior and senior class won that round. After their defeat, sophomores and freshmen watched the upperclassmen scream at the top of their lungs.
As the upper class yelled at each other, the final result came: the seniors won against the juniors.
“The least enjoyable part of the rally was the fact that the seniors won instead of us (the junior class),” said Gonzalez.
Some students claimed that the rally wasn’t what they expected it to be.
“To me, I didn’t really like how the nominees were announced,” said Lopez. “It took really long and it was kind of boring.”
“Better song choices for us to sing,” junior Martin Espinoza recommended. “And more activities would be cool.”
Freshman Isabelle Stein agreed with Espinoza.
“I think having more activities would make the rally better,” said Stein.
But this didn’t change the fact that most students enjoyed the homecoming rally.
“I enjoyed the rally because this was my last homecoming rally,” shared homecoming nominee Grace Levy. “It was like one of those moments where you’re like ‘oh my god, this is it’ I’m a senior now.”
“I wouldn’t change anything about the rally. Everything was perfect.” said Gonzalez.
“The energy of all the students allowed me to have a lot of fun,” said Stein. “I enjoyed watching the film because it was super cute.”
“I enjoyed the yelling competition the most,” shared junior Rionna Grace Bagaygay. “However, I was taken aback of the unification of our individual classes during the sing-a-long portion of the rally. It was kinda heartwarming to see the majority of your classmates and friends join in as a whole.”
Even with sad losses and unsatisfying results, most of the Hornets enjoyed this year’s homecoming rally.
The next rally is scheduled for January 27, 2017.