Hallways and Pep Rally Conclude Spirit Week with a Bang

Hallways and Pep Rally Conclude Spirit Week with a Bang

By Isabel Snyder

On Friday, October 14, the Charter School of Wilmington’s Pep Rally brought Spirit Week to a close.  The day began with one of the greatest excitements of Pep Rally: hallways.  Every year, each grade decorates one of four hallways based on a selected theme.

This year, the senior theme was Jurassic Park, the junior theme was Music Festivals, the sophomore theme was the Olympics and the freshman theme was Spongebob.  Each hallway is then scored, and the results are announced on Monday.  This year, the winners were the seniors, second place went to the juniors, third to the sophomores, and the freshmen got last.

 

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Senior Kate Long plays the role of a Jurassic Park scientist for the winning senior hallway. Students stay late Thursday night before Pep Rally to decorate the hallways according to their theme.
— Photo by Shinbee Park
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Juniors wearing tie dye act in their music festival themed hallway. In addition to hallways, each class also creates a class t-shirt to wear during Pep Rally.
— Photo by Shinbee Park

Most people know about the hallways, but few understand the scoring process.  Mr. Eddy explains the voting system, “The front office staff and administrators and the counselors...that’s who votes.  When we walk through [the hallways], we’re all judging.”  About how the hallways are scored, he said, “There are categories for each hallway, like creativity.  You would associate a numerical number with that particular [category] then add it up [for each hallway].”

 

The students then toured the hallways and met in the gym for performances and fun competitions with each other and the teachers.  These included bubble soccer, teacher relays, tug-of-war, a noise competition, and a showing of the Charter cheer squad, a dance performance, and the beats of the marching band drumline.  Pep Rally kicked off with each fall sports team running into the gym and recognition of the sportsmanship committee.  After this, the students launched straight into the various games with spirited zeal.

 

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Sophomores look on as Ms. Berger and Mr. Schuder get creative during the teacher relays. Throughout the event, many teachers competed just as enthusiastically as their students.
— Photo by Natalie Smith
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Juniors struggle against the seniors in a tug-of-war showdown.
— Photo by Natalie Smith

Two of the greatest highlights of the Pep Rally were each grade’s skit and the teacher lip-sync battles.  First up for the lipsync battle was Mr. Kozinski and Mr. Liberato.  Second was Mr. Kramer and the Bollywood Dance Club who danced to Shake It Off.  Third was Elsa and the Snowflakes with Ms. Berger and Ms. Degman as the snowflakes and Mr. Robinson as Elsa, lip-syncing to Let It Go.  Finally, Mr. Anderson performed at the front of the Spice Girls.  

 

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Mr. Kramer and the Bollywood Dancers get loose to Shake it Off as part of the teacher lip sync battles. The choreography and costumes drew many laughs from the audience.
— Photo by Natalie Smith
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Mr. Robinson, dressed as Elsa, makes a memorable performance as he dances to Let it Go.
— Photo by Natalie Smith

As it was announced on Monday, the Spice Girls won followed by Elsa and the Snowflakes.  Mr. Liberato and Mr. Kozinski claimed third place, and Mr. Kramer and the Bollywood dancers finished fourth.

 

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Mr. Anderson leads the “Spice Girls” to victory in the lip sync battles. Behind him, students from each grade prepare to perform their skits.
— Photo by Natalie Smith

The last place freshman skit was followed by the sophomores who represented each grade with an Olympian.  The junior skit was composed of three juniors, Grady McPeak, Spencer Goff, and DaRon Askins rapping to each grade.  Finally, the hands down winner, the senior skit was performed.  For this, the owner of Jurassic Park introduced four kinds of dinosaurs (one for each grade) and included a climactic battle resulting in the total defeat of the juniors at the hands of the seniors.  Finally, in one of the last events of the day, the yell challenge allowed the grades to express their enthusiasm for this year’s Pep Rally.

 

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Junior Grady McPeak hypes up the pep rally with a rap during the junior class skit. The skits and hallways are the result of weeks of planning.
— Photo by Natalie Smith
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The mother Senioritisouras attacks the Junceratops in the dramatic conclusion of the senior class skit.
— Photo by Maya Dewson-Tipping
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