The Spring Pep Rally is a fundraiser that happens every year at La Plata High School, and it is organized by the students who play soccer and baseball to generate school spirit. The student body was able to purchase a ticket for $3 in order to attend a students-against-teachers basketball game in the gym. The proceeds then went towards the boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, and relay for life. On March 31st, the school followed the pep rally schedule, letting students out of eighth period at 1:00 p.m. instead of 2:15 p.m. School still dismissed normally, however, meaning that the pep rally lasted until 2:15 p.m. If students did not wish to participate in the pep rally, they were provided a study hall for the remainder of the school day. This year the school raised over $1300 in ticket sales, with over 500 students and teachers attended the pep rally.
The first and third quarters of the basketball game were played by female teachers and students, while the second and fourth were played by the male teachers and students. The teachers, coached by student Misa Milstead, won the game with a total of 31 points. Coach Fred led the teachers as the top scorer on the teacher team and led them to victory with a buzzer beater.
Zack Farri and Mitchell Ramirez coached the student team, which lost to the teachers in the last quarter, only finishing 3 points behind their opponents. Varsity team member of the girls basketball team, Kierra Butler, scored the most points for the female student team. Several members of both the girls and boys basketball teams participated in this years pep rally, including Merlon Devine, David Camarillo, Loryn Cottle, and Kaleigh Shaw.
This year was the first year that La Plata High School participated in the winter guard, and the team performed in the halftime show. The winter guard, led by band teacher, Mrs. Eckerle, has been working on their routine for the entirety of the winter sports season. The team performs a mixture of dance, acrobatics, flag twirling, and rifle tricks.
Overall, this year’s Spring Pep Rally allowed the school to raise money for a great cause as well as reward the students for an outstanding school year.