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Last week at WGHS was the exciting pep rally, and the following Saturday was the long-awaited homecoming. Students and teachers were quite eager to share how the events went.
by Brylee Sanders
Last week at WGHS was the exciting pep rally, and the following Saturday was the long-awaited homecoming, students and teachers were quite eager to share how the events went.
Prior to homecoming, WGHS had a pep rally last Friday to excite students and staff about the football game. It was an electrifying pep rally that united the entire school community. Students and teachers alike engaged in spirited competitions and enjoyed a series of entertaining activities.
“The pep rally really brings the school together as a whole," said Bryce Shupe. "It kinda connects the student body to the student athletes and gives the students a feel for athletes' everyday lives. And they're vital to the community because not only do students attend, but the whole community attends.” As a teacher at WGHS, Coach Shupe further stated, “I think it’s crucial to celebrate teachers when you can because we have hard jobs, and being able to be recognized at any time is definitely a plus.” Teachers enjoyed participating in the pep rally just as much as students enjoyed watching it.
Boston Yoder, a freshman at WGHS, was excited about his first high school pep rally. Compared to middle school, “[high schools] put [more] effort into the pep rally overall; there were more events.” School spirit shone through at the pep rally. Boston states, "It shows that we’re all connected and that everybody cares about sports and extracurricular activities and the people who are doing them."
The homecoming dance was undoubtedly the highlight of the week, and the feelings among attendees were unanimous—it was an absolute blast. Homecoming was the following Saturday after the pep rally, and many people were eager to share.
Crowned Homecoming Queen, Graycee Abbott (12), was extremely excited about the dance. "It was so fun with my friends, and just getting dressed up was my favorite. Doing it with all my friends was our last year, so it was definitely the best.” Graycee is a ray of sunshine, running for HOCO court because of her love for the school, the people, and dressing up. “All of the girls there were so amazing, so whoever did win, I was going to be happy either way... I say go for it; it was a really good experience and so much fun."
“Just do it. Nobody’s going to remember it if you lose.”
Emery Langston (12), the crowned Homecoming King, reveals, “I had a fun time at the dance; I liked all the themes that we did throughout the week.” And even though it’s his final year, “[he's] not really sad, more just excited; there’s no point in being sad.” Emery ran for HOCO court along with his girlfriend, Karis. He states that HOCO "really brings out our school spirit; everyone dresses up throughout the week, and everyone is participating."
“It was really fun and exciting. I think the glowsticks were my favorite part. I also enjoyed dancing," stated Nevaeh Williams (10). Nevaeh went with her friends to HOCO and had a great time watching the announcement of the homecoming king and queen. ”I hope to be out there one day. I actually want to run for HOCO court next year.” Perhaps Graycee and Emery’s advice will encourage her to go for it.
As the week of homecoming and the spirited pep rally drew to a close, students and teachers were left with not only wonderful memories but also a strengthened sense of community and a shared commitment to making WGHS an even better place to learn, grow, and celebrate.
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