By Makayla Gillis
Novato High students have very different opinions on rallies that take place throughout the school year. The opinions range from students who like them to students who absolutely hate them.
Rallies are spirit events in which the entire school attends. Rallies have themes, for example, the first rally was be the “Blacklight ” rally. As time progresses, students will get into the flow of rallies. An upcoming theme some students are excited for is the “homecoming” rally.
During the rallies, cheerleaders and dance programs perform, ROTC presents, competitive games are played among the different grades, and yelling competitions give points to the loudest classes. Some rallies also feature a closing performance by MSA singers.
Around four times per year, NHS students leave their classes for an hour to go to these rallies
Sophomore Maria Ramirez was excited for the rallies simply because she was able to leave her class.
“I get to leave my Spanish class,” Ramirez said.
Some teachers at NHS enjoy attending rallies.
“I'm not annoyed at rallies. They take time out of our classes, but other things like announcements disrupt our class time,” said algebra teacher Tina Schumikowski.
Incoming freshman are able to experience rallies for the first time. Freshman are often seen as the “losers” of the rallies, as they are frequently booed by the seniors. There have also been negative signs directed at freshmen in the past, making for a challenging experience.
“I like rallies because they were better than the ones at my old school,” said freshman Amina NHS students have their different opinions on rallies. Depending on the person, some will absolutely love rallies, while others will loathe them. If choosing not to attend rallies, students and staff should be able to participate in other activities like, reading, watching movies or extra homework help instead.