Tension released in Christmas rally
Rallies at Dixon High School are always exciting for many students. They are full of loud, obnoxious teenagers, who just want to make their class seem as loud as possible. As expected, the results from this behavior at a rally are not very good. This is how it was at the first rally of the school year, the Homecoming rally.
In October, when the first rally took place, Homecoming week was crazy. Everybody was extremely hyper and excited for winning the big Homecoming Game on Friday night, the day of the rally.
Football is a very violent sport. That violence seemed to rub off on just about every student at DHS. Chaos filled the large gym at the rally. Arguments flew across the room, from the Junior side to the Senior side. Different chants were being screamed very off tempo from each other, dragging on for at least fifteen seconds each. Teachers had to give multiple speeches to the entire school, attempting to calm the kids down. “I think that everybody was just excited about the first rally,” says Kraig Roscoe, a current junior in the Leadership class.
Allison Bleasdale is a senior at DHS. She felt like the seniors feel the need to “win” at all of the rallies. It has always been a normal tradition for the seniors to be the loudest and best class at rallies. “It is their last year and they wanted to feel good about it; winning the class competitions, powder puff, etc.” said Bleasdale. “Also, it is Homecoming, so we get competitive already, wanting to beat the other team.” This rally was forceful and competitive, but the Christmas rally was the opposite.
At the rally that occured on Friday, it seemed as if all of the students from DHS had been replaced. There were only a few chants, but they were all supportive of their own class. There were no arguments between different classes, especially the juniors and seniors. It was as if everybody was united and supportive of each other.
Christmas is a time of happiness, excitement, warm feelings, and peppy songs. There is not supposed to be any anger or stress at all. Did the Christmas spirit actually rub off on DHS students? “I think there was definitely less competition between the juniors and seniors,”says Bleasdale. Kraig Roscoe also agrees with Allison. He also thinks that the senior class represented themselves very well at this rally- more than the last rally, at least.
Most students at our school agree that this rally was much more productive and “full of spirit” than the last one. Hopefully, DHS can maintain this positive attitude for the rallies in the future.