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As the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams circulated the gym, they chanted “We are the Terriers, the mighty, mighty Terriers.”

“This pep rally was to celebrate, as well as recognize the winter sports and the cheerleader success in their competition because they are going to states and to recognize our new dance club,” senior Student Government member Emily Quin said.

Not only was the soccer team showcased within the winter sports, but also, the basketball teams. Between the presentations of the teams, members of all grade levels volunteered to participate in games to inspirit the audience. With a ball inside pantyhose, students raced to weave the materials, attached to their head, around water bottles. In addition, students shook tissue boxes around their body in a contest to empty them rapidly of golf balls. In the last festivity, students dragged a partner in a sleeping bag around the gym.

After the interactive games, the cheerleaders performed. “I feel that we did good and that we are ready to go to states,” freshman Jayla Troupe said. The states competition is in Gainesville on Feb. 5 and the cheerleaders will perform the same routine as in the pep rally.

The next performance was by the new club, Dance Empowerment. Established by senior Amari Pyatt, she said the club would replace negative behaviors after school with dance.

According to Pyatt, despite preliminary conflicts, the club’s performance demonstrated improvement from the practices. “I think we did amazing because if you had seen us in practice, it looked like the struggle,” she said. ” I like to help people. I like to say ‘hey, put your differences aside and let’s dance.'”

Sophomore Nyliah Clarke agrees that for the team’s first dance, they performed well but need to improve on small movements and cooperation. “I think we put our all into it, even though we made little mistakes, we always recovered and we went through a smooth show,” she said.

The final performance was by the band who animated the audience. Senior Kimora-Lee George danced in her seat and said: “It was shorter than usual, but I thought it was great.”

However, this pep rally differed from the past ones because the Dancerettes did not perform. Although several consented that they were disappointed, they said they enjoyed the other dances. “I was a little disappointed that we did not perform, but it was nice to watch the other teams at the school and I think they did a really good job,” senior Claire Hamilton said. “I think overall the pep rally was fun, I just hope we have more later on.”

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