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Juniors Win Fall Pep Rally

The junior class yells during the screaming contest at the end of the fall pep rally Oct. 19 while Toby Denman measures the volume. (contributed)

WOODBURY — What better way to end off spirit week than with a pep rally? The gym packed with people in pink, music blasting and loads of exciting activities, the pep rally was yet again a huge hit for Nonnewaug on Oct. 19. 

“The pep rally was excellent,” Nonnewaug wellness teacher Dave Green said. “Everybody that was there participated and it was a lot of fun.”

Many students and teachers agreed this year’s pep rally was a good one by getting students participating and expressing school spirit. 

While almost everyone in the gym had experienced a high school pep rally before, this was a first for the freshman class. 

“The pep rally was interesting,” freshman Gianna Desjardins said. “It was fun and very loud.” 

There were many activities for this year’s pep rally, including a staff vs. student volleyball game, tug-of-war, a pool noodle relay pass, and a screaming contest for the finale. 

While many enjoyed this set of events, some students are looking for better options for the future pep rallies. 

“The activities were good,” Desjardins concluded. “I feel like they could’ve been better.”

The main activity of the pep rally was the staff vs. student volleyball game. The staff lineup included Green, Rebecca Trzaski, Conor Gereg, Ben Guerette, Marty Malaspina, and principal Mykal Kuslis.

The teachers split their four games, beating the freshman and junior classes but losing to the senior and sophomore classes.

“The volleyball game was very hype,” junior Katie Farrell said. “I thought the teachers would do a lot better though.”

With people from every class participating in all these activities, every class wanted to be crowned the winner. The juniors edged the sophomores by one point for the overall event championship, even if they needed to invent a little bit of controversy.

“[Tug-of-war] was super fun but we should’ve won,” Farrell concluded. “The sophomores cheated and we need more strong people in the junior class.”

About the Contributor
Juliana Bailey '25
Juliana Bailey '25, Junior Editor
Juliana Bailey is a junior at Nonnewaug High School and is a junior editor for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is from Watertown and is a part of the ag program. She plays lacrosse and swims. As a first-year writer, she is looking forward to writing about sports and school events.
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