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Last Pep Rally of the Year Salutes Senior Class

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On Wednesday, May 31, our Bobcats celebrated the accomplishments of our seniors in the last pep rally of the year.  

The VAPA and Athletics departments, Robotics team, Science Olympiad, and Gender and Sexuality Alliance were among those honored at the 55 minute extended assembly. In addition, the dance team gave an excellent performance, and Mr. Morales honored the class of 2017’s valedictorian, Cameron Yenche, and salutatorian, Anna Perhach.

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Boys Varsity Volleyball team stands united with their State Championship banner.

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Principal Morales proudly stands with his Valedictorian, Cameron Yenche, and his Salutatorian, Anna Perhach.

“[The idea for the pep rally] was kind of made by accident, actually. We were trying to include the boys’ basketball CIF banner in our last pep rally, and there just wasn’t enough time for it, so we asked Mr. Morales what he thought was a good idea. It was actually more his idea; he wanted to include all the sports and everything, he really wanted to recognize all these people,” senior Jacob Uhl, who helped plan and organize the pep rally said.

The Athletics department honored  CIF championships for boys basketball, track and field, and boys volleyball, as well as scholar athletes during the pep rally. Seniors Heather Feldmann and Beau Prince were also honored for winning the Athletic Leadership award.

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Seniors Beau Prince (left) and Heather Feldmann (right) celebrate their Athletic Honor Awards.

Athletic Director Mr. Leighton said the pep rally “was to really show our community what we’re about as a program, which is our three pillars. It’s about … how we’ve done competitively, how well we’ve done academically, and then that final touch of leadership and how our athletes have exemplified the role of leadership.”

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance, a club dedicated to educating our campus on LGBTQIA issues and experiences, was presented with an award from The Lavender Effect,  a local nonprofit organization, for their video “Paper Bag Hearts.” Sage Creek’s club was the first ever to win the organization’s LGBTQ History Student Filmmaker competition. Junior and GSA President Frances Parrotte was very proud of the club’s accomplishment.

“I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received and  I didn’t know if people were going to be rude about it, but everyone was so supportive. It was wonderful. It was also kind of exciting just to be able to show the school that we exist and that we are a strong community that can do awesome things,” she said.

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Junior Tessa Witkofsky rallies the crowd in the Bobcat arena during the introduction of the alma matter.

The assembly was finished off with the singing of the Sage Creek Alma Mater, the official Bobcat fight song created by Megan Conrey (9), Tessa Witofsky (11), and Gabriella Tassinari (10). The three musicians first performed the song for Bobcats in the stadium, which then led to a competition between the grade levels to see which class gave the most spirited performance of a line from the song. The senior class won, receiving candy thrown into the stands from Ms. Quinones. The seniors then took a class photo in their college gear.

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The class of 2017 poses for a group photo while sporting their college gear.

“I think it’s definitely a tradition … that will be around for awhile,” Uhl said.

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