On September 22, Wethersfield High School held it’s annual fall pep rally where students and faculty came out to Cottone Field to support the fall sports teams. Senior, Rachael Amoruso, was one of the many students who attended. When asked about her overall experience at the pep rally she said, “It was a fun and positive environment that got everyone excited for the upcoming season!” Rachael has participated in cross country since freshman year and this year has become captain of the team alongside Emma Murray and Bella Schroeder. For all seniors this will be their last pep rally. For some this marks the beginning to the end of their high school sports careers, but Amoruso doesn’t see it that way. She has a positive outlook on it saying, “The season isn’t over yet. I’m going to enjoy each moment I can.”
The Wethersfield High School student council has been involved with the mechanics of the pep rally for the last four years. Katia Malinguaggio, senior, was elected to the Student Council Board this year and held a very important role in it the past two years. We asked her what her role this year was and she told us that she was working with the games that went on during the pep rally. We wanted to know her opinion on the pep rally this year and she enthusiastically said, “The pep was extremely successful this year. We had a great turnout and good music and events.” She also included that she believes pep rallies are important to schools today because they help to build a sense of community and get the student body involved with the sports teams and events.
We were also able to get in touch with someone who was responsible for announcing the pep rally, Kaitlyn O’Brien, senior. When asked what her responsibilities were, she stated, “I had to talk about all the sports teams and Mrs. Rajan (head teacher of student council) wanted us to M.C all of the games.”
When asked what she thought of the pep rallies in recent years, she says that she has not always found them that engaging but she does like how sports teams are able to get recognition for all of their hard work.
Finally, when asked if she had any improvements for how the pep rally can do well next year, she said ,”I think we should ask the students what games they want in the pep rally so that it is more student based.”