Last month, Whitney Young had our first in-person, all-school pep rally in almost two years. While we were online last year, there is something undeniably different about being able to gather in the same space to celebrate our school community together. In short, the energy was palpable.
Especially wonderful was the opportunity to see so many Whitney Young groups perform. The pep rally is always a great showcase of our performing arts groups, and after a year and a half without band, music or cheer, this one was more special than ever. The performing arts have been one of the activities most affected by COVID-19 in general, the lack of infrastructure and influence relative to athletics making it difficult to specially arrange in-person events. While virtual concerts and dance show cases helped to maintain a sense of continuity and community last year, the magic of live performance feeds off the energy of the crowd.
Thus, the pep rally represented a real triumph for these groups as they finally got back to doing what they do best. Band performed a fun Madonna cover, as well as the school song of course. Choir sang the national anthem beautifully. Guys and Dolls, Poms, and Cheer all did incredible and rousing dances and routines. Jabba44x (Senior, Joshua Mister) even got up to rap a couple songs, which got the whole school on their feet. It was so lovely to see our performing arts groups shine alongside our obviously in credible football team, representing the versatility of talent we have here at Whitney Young. This diversity, and even more so, the continuous outpouring of support from our school community are what truly make us the School of Champions.
Photo courtesy of DubTV.