Put the Pep Back in Our Prep
For a large school, it can be hard to come together through certain times of the year. The main idea of pep rallies is to inspire enthusiasm before a big event. Mainly, high schools have them before the big homecoming game. But for a school filled with about 500 students per graduating class, we have very few pep rallies, a fact that becomes more obvious in the winter and spring. To some, it may seem as if Cosby is an unspirited school. When we do have pep rallies, rather than cheering on our football team, or any team, we boo the underclassmen to make ourselves feel mightier. Is spirit week a time to be one school or more of one class?
Twice a year we storm into the bleachers to get excited before two important games: the first football game and the Homecoming game. Addie Clark, a member of Cosby’s volleyball team, views the Pep Rallies as pretty generic. “We do the exact same thing every year, the dance team does their thing with the football players and the cheerleaders cheer on. There’s no excitement or anything to make them memorable,” says Clark. Many believe more student input and involvement is needed in the planning process.
Additionally, if students could come together as a whole community, pep rallies would encourage school spirit. One idea would be to have a charity race between different schools in the county. Each school would pick a different charity to raise money for and the school with the most at the end wins a trophy. This would raise our school spirit for a good cause. With a central focus, we can allow ourselves to stop with the hatred towards each other and lean on our desire to not let another school beat us.
Another idea would be to have a club where an upperclassman can be a “brother” or “sister” to an underclassman. This would drop the lines of grade distinctions and allow the upperclassman to have a responsibility and help out the new students to Cosby. Although we already have small programs similar to this idea, broadening this for the entire school could receive a positive reaction and a more connected community. During spirit week, the upperclassmen can do something special each day according to themed day. Through the school year, the upperclassmen can check in with their “little sister” or “little brother” to see if they are doing well in school and need some advice school wise or other.
For future reference, may we all enjoy these short moments. Together as a team, as a school. Let the games be played as a way to unite Cosby.