Franklin High Annual Pep Rally

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Grace Tucceri

The Franklin Panther mascot energized the crowd during the pep rally.

Maddie Michenzie and Avery Chalk

Student government promised an exciting pep rally, full of fun surprises and activities, and they delivered. An annual Franklin High School tradition, the Pre- Thanksgiving Pep Rally is known to send students off on the right foot heading into the short break. In years past, the pep rally included tug a war, volleyball, musical chairs, and several more activities. This year, the Student Government changed things up with a spikeball tournament, cheer performance, and even a noise contest.

The pep rally started off strong with a short introduction of the 2022 fall sports captains, which was a hit. Commenters Griffin Tolonen and Ryan Martin announced each captain, along with a brief synopsis of their respective sport, as they walked through a line of cheerleaders from the gym’s entrance. It was a short (yet impactful) way to honor not only the captains themselves, but the many accomplishments of Franklin’s athletic teams.  

Franklin High School’s cheer team, reigning Massachusetts state champions, performed their winning routine early in the program. With a performance full of innovative stunts and exquisite tumbling, the Panthers not only proved why they had had such a successful season but set the tone for the remainder of the pep rally. With music and spirit that pumped up the crowd, the cheer team gave the pep rally momentum. Junior cheerleader Lauren Olivo shared that the team was excited for the energetic, but low-pressure, setting. “Our routine is action-packed,” Olivo explained. “We’re just excited to perform and have fun.”

The FHS Varsity cheer team performed their award-winning routine at the beginning of the rally. (Grace Tucceri)

A special surprise occurred when Franklin High School’s very own Unified team was recognized as a National Unified Champion School. This wasn’t the first time the team was recognized for their inclusivity and passion. The team already has one of the honorable banners hanging proudly in the gym and continues to successfully represent Franklin.

The new addition of spikeball was a hit among students and faculty. When speaking with several students, an overwhelming number predicted seniors, Ravin Chaudhury and Justin Alexander, to win the spikeball tournament. Some felt that seniors just have the most experience, while others thought that the duo just worked really well together. The seniors were placed against the juniors, while the sophomores were placed against the freshman. All teams gave it their all, both games equally as intense, but alas, the sophomores and seniors won both of their games and were set against each other in the final game. Seniors came out victorious after a strong fight against the sophomores. It is not a total surprise that the seniors won. Even Mr. Hanna recognized the ongoing trend with pep rallies and pointed out that “typically seniors tend to win these competitions, but spikeball is a hard sport.”

Students were separated by grade, and each class wore a unique Franklin color. (Grace Tucceri)

To energize the crowd, Student Government prompted each grade to participate in a noise contest. Because the pep rally had run short on time, this was one of the program’s last activities before teachers dismissed students for Thanksgiving break. Representatives threw custom tee shirts into each section, further incentivizing students to cheer (along with a special appearance by Franklin’s Panther mascot!) The senior section won the contest in a true display of spirit, wrapping up the pep rally in a light-hearted fashion before Thanksgiving break.

The pep rally was a perfect opportunity for Franklin to show off their school spirit. With several different surprises, the pep rally kept students entertained, while sending them off on a high note, going into break.