The general aim of pep rallies is to foster school spirit, notify the student body about athletic achievements and promote class unity. These pep rallies occur around four times a year during the fall, winter and spring seasons, as well as homecoming. In reality, students do not enjoy pep rallies because they view them as a monotonous school event centered around athletes.
Some students prefer pep rallies, because they publicize athletic achievements and bring more attention to upcoming events.
“It’s effective because it gets people excited about sporting events, and brings more people to the events,” said junior Julian Alvarez.
Pep rallies also serve to energize the student body prior to major sporting events, like the Homecoming Game, or various Senior Nights.
“I like them a lot because they allow me to get pumped up, and it creates memories with my friends that I can cherish,” said senior Jennifer Bryant.
Not only do pep rallies reward athletes for their accomplishments during the season, but they also promote class unity through friendly competitions. More specifically, the spirit stick, which is used during the Homecoming Assembly to measure the student body in multiple categories such as promotional videos, t-shirt sales, class skits, cheers and floats. This is one of the most successful pep assemblies during the school year.
On the other hand, some students believe that pep rallies are ineffective in raising school spirit, and take away from class time that could be used to study, take notes or complete homework.
“Pep rallies attempt to lift student’s school spirit, but they fall short, and take away from valuable class time,” said sophomore Annie Johansson.
Usually, class is 50 minutes long, but on pep rallies days they are reduced to 45 minutes. Although five minutes does not seem a long time, this does not take into account any of the delays that the administration may experience gathering students to the gym, or if the event runs long.
“Pep rallies are ineffective and just another event of watching students do stuff not even remotely related to Steinbrenner or sports. They also takes away time that we could use in the classroom,” said junior Yeva Thielemann.
With regard to the pep rallies’ assistance in spreading awareness of athletic accomplishments and sporting events, students are only able to hear bits and pieces of the season. They are already able to learn about current, upcoming, and past sporting events or accomplishments on the daily Warrior Report.
As an alternative to attending pep rallies, the administration could establish a study hall period located in the cafeteria during pep rallies.
Ultimately, pep rallies have some beneficial effects like fostering class unity and increasing awareness of athletes and sporting events, but they also decrease the amount of time that students have in class.
James Cook // Co-Sports Editor