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Pep Assemblies: an asset notorious to the high school experience. As homecoming approaches, students are encouraged to participate in a series of “pep” events to get students excited for homecoming.

In the past, there has been a wide array of pep amongst students throughout the week. Some students remain very involved and encourage their peers to do the same, while others plan on leaving before the pep assembly begins.

The most spirited students see the assemblies as an opportunity to celebrate Metea Valley and enjoy the company of their fellow peers.The whole idea behind pep week leading up to homecoming is to inspirit students for the dance.

“I believe assemblies help kids get excited about our school spirit and the different events that spirit week leads up to. For example, our next spirit week leads up to our homecoming which helps students get excited about this event” senior MC Kailee Bass said.

Contrary to the belief that pep assemblies are effective, a majority of students believe that the assemblies are not important. Some see them as a waste of time, and completely ineffective.

The display of school spirit also noticeably varies from class to class. The parking lot loses a significant amount of cars before pep assemblies begin, leading one to believe that upperclassmen possess the least amount of school spirit.

“I have gone to two assemblies in my two years at Metea and they were just boring to me. The only thing that makes me happy about pep assembly days are the shortened periods” an anonymous junior said. .

Overall, these statements confirm the belief that the student body is split between how they view the assemblies. Regardless of the student’s opinion of pep assemblies, it seems as though they provide something to look forward to for both sides.

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3 Responses to “Students question the importance of pep assemblies”

  1. Mackenzie Griffith on September 27th, 2017 4:23 pm

    Personally I believe some students don’t find the pep assemblies entertaining or important. Making sure we MUST go to these assemblies causes the students want to go even less. However I do see why we must still stay at school. It is still in the school day and students are under the supervision of the staff, but what if we created something in between. Giving students the option of having a free period and sitting in the commons or in the gym or out by the field and given the option to be with friends and still have the option to participate or go to the pep assembly.

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  2. Chroma on September 27th, 2017 7:58 pm

    As someone who attended literally every single pep assembly during my time at Metea, I never felt an invigorated sense of school spirit. They tended to be largely similar to one another, and while there was the occasional interesting performance, it was often extremely difficult to hear anything clearly, which most performances rely on.

    While I know a very small minority of people do enjoy them, they are extremely ineffective.

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  3. Albert on September 28th, 2017 12:10 pm

    As a Metea Senior, and coming from a chatholic private school; I’ve been to about 4 pep assemblies here and I have to admit they are very repetitive. Yes there is a limit of what we can do, but even maybe making them more evolving other then eachother screaming at the top of our lungs for the spirit stick. Another thing too, is you must be apart of BG stampede to even attempt to be apart of the main show. I wish there was a way to sign up for events like the old wing eating contest or tug o war. Of course it’s too late for us seniors, but there may need to be changes for school spirit for future generations.

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