Thursday night lights


photo by Meghan Shepp

Juniors Sabrina Valentin and Brooke Stephens cheer on the junior powderpuff cheerleaders. Before the lights turned off the junior class was awarded the spirit stick for the night.

A night that started with good food and small talk ended with blaring music and black lights, the first outside glow pep rally was held in Sam Momary stadium on Nov. 4. 

From 5 to 6:30 p.m., students gathered in the football practice field before the start of the pep rally, where food trucks and games were available. While students had snow cones and played cornhole, the volunteered staff from the school worked on setting up for the pep rally to begin at 7.

“I think [the pep rally] went phenomenally,” leadership teacher Sarah Bearss said. “Everybody that went had a really good time.”

Before the fluorescent lights turned to black lights, varsity football players were introduced one-by-one through a tunnel of blue and white smoke onto the football field, quickly followed by junior and senior powderpuff cheerleader performances. 

“We had to cancel a couple of practices but overall we got all the moves down,” junior Andrew Broome said.  

After the homecoming court walked the football field, the lights were turned off and DJ Crazy Ace began playing music from the 2000s to fit the homecoming theme. Students wore their class-colored shirts that glowed under the light and glow sticks that were passed around the stands. 

“My favorite part was definitely when the lights turned off because nobody was expecting it and we were all just really excited when you could see the neon,” varsity cheerleader Ashley Pauls said.

Songs ranging from “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake to “Up” by Cardi B filled the stadium as students danced and sang along. 

“My favorite part of the pep rally was watching all of the students hold up their cell phones and waving them back and forth altogether, [while] singing Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Bearss said.  

After the spirit stick was awarded to the junior class, a special live performance by Bass Kingz followed. They performed songs like “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz, a song which they helped to produce.

As the first outdoor glow in the dark pep rally, it was both an enjoyable experience for the students who attended and a successful moral-boost before the Nov. 7 Homecoming game.