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Feb. 17, 2006

First winter sports pep rally in two years held

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief
The shortened winter Spirit Week ended with an SGA-organized pep rally in the gymnasium on Feb. 17. It was the first winter pep rally in two years.
The Blair Cheerleaders were the opening performance at the winter sports pep rally on Feb. 17. Ariana McLean
The Blair Cheerleaders were the opening performance at the winter sports pep rally on Feb. 17.


Emcees sophomore Molly Martinez and junior Terence McPherson hosted the event, which was held during 7th period and included performances by Blair's cheerleaders and Pom Squad and skits by Blair's winter sports teams.

The cheerleaders, who ushered in the students, opened the pep rally. The girls performed a routine with jumps and aerial acrobatics to a music mix while Coach Sarah McLean did flips, splits and rolls in the air.

After the cheerleaders finished their routine, the swim team, clad in beach attire, swarmed onto the floor for the first winter sports skit. After announcing the boys' undefeated record, captain senior Tyler Wilchek stripped off his team jacket and pants to reveal his red Speedo, while several other members of the team followed suit. Afterwards, Wilchek and teammates launched class t-shirts and other articles of clothing into the bleachers with makeshift slingshots.
The Swim and Dive team put on a memorable performance at the winter sports pep rally. Ariana McLean
The Swim and Dive team put on a memorable performance at the winter sports pep rally.


When the floor was emptied once more, the boys' varsity basketball team engaged in an improvised slam-dunk contest. The girls' varsity basketball team, which came afterwards, opted for a different approach by performing tricks with basketballs alongside the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. and cheerleaders.

These skits were followed by a mini-game between the boys' and girls' junior varsity basketball teams. After the game concluded, Martinez and McPherson called for two seniors from the bleachers to shoot free-throws for basketball tickets and introduced the Spirit Week Court, which included the winners from Spirit Week.

After the brief intermission from the skits, the indoor track team made its appearance. Following them was the wrestling team, whose ranks had been depleted because many of its members were competing in a tournament at the time. Finally, the Pom Squad, which recently won the second-place team award at the MCPS Pompon championship, ended the pep rally with their own performance filled with poms-shaking and splits.

SGA communications director junior Bao Nguyen, who had organized this pep rally and the homecoming rally earlier this year, was pleased overall with the results. "I think this has been one of the best years for pep rallies," she said. SGA president senior Barun Aryal said he was pleased with how organized and timely the event was. "We were right on time, and we are usually late," he said.

Martinez also expressed her satisfaction with the pep rally. "It was good and upbeat. People cooperated, and everything went smoothly," she said. "Nobody got hurt."

Swim team captain senior Anna Chiplis had mixed feelings about this year's rally. "I remember it being a lot better when I was a freshman, but I'm glad that we had a winter pep rally this year," she said.

Last year's winter pep rally was canceled because of a fight earlier that day.



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  • David W on February 18, 2006 at 12:43 AM
    This was very bad news for my wedding.
  • * on February 18, 2006 at 9:56 AM
    this pep rally was by far the most organized! congrats to all who put it together!
  • Kevin on February 18, 2006 at 4:21 PM
    gj merlyn!
  • ashley on February 18, 2006 at 5:04 PM
    "We were right on time, and we are usually late," he said.

    try ten minutes too early...yeah, great job being on time
  • senior on February 18, 2006 at 6:19 PM
    Pep rallies did use to be better. I think it was because of the people
  • yep on February 18, 2006 at 6:35 PM
    i don't really like pep rallies but they get us out of class....so yay pep rallies!
  • TYLER on February 19, 2006 at 12:05 AM
    GO SWIM TEAM! we got 2nd in they county!
  • josh griner on February 19, 2006 at 2:07 AM
    this peprally, and this whole week at that matter, was awsome.
  • swimmer on February 19, 2006 at 10:52 AM
    ahhh,we were the best by far
  • ya.. (View Email) on February 19, 2006 at 11:31 AM
    it actually wasnt that good Ms.mclean did excellent and so did the poms and that was it
  • hmm on February 19, 2006 at 4:56 PM
    "Memorable performance"?

    More like "AGHGHGHHG, my eyes are bleeding!"


    And i took great pity on the basketball team. Watching them miss unguarded dunks for 10 minutes was downright painful.
  • ms mclean is awesome on February 19, 2006 at 6:15 PM
    ms mclean was sooooo good, with her double back tucks and x-outs. i wish our cheerleaders were allowed to do these stunts, but they are illegal in high school cheerleading.
  • '07 on February 19, 2006 at 11:13 PM
    For me, this has been the best pep rally so far. Good job Bao!
  • awesome on February 20, 2006 at 12:53 AM
    the cheerleaders were awesome and the poms too
    but there wasn't that much to the pep rally
  • Jon B on February 20, 2006 at 11:33 AM
    YAY BAO!!!
  • Barun (View Email) on February 20, 2006 at 1:52 PM
    Yeah i made that late comment after the first pep rally. Really ironic, in retrospect.
  • . on February 20, 2006 at 5:45 PM
    It would have been better if the drumline had performed again
  • girls bball fan on February 20, 2006 at 9:09 PM
    the girls bball team cha cha slide was SO CREATIVE. way to go lady blazers. you looked great
  • blazer '06 on February 20, 2006 at 9:43 PM
    As a Senior who has been here for FOUR years, i can honestly say that that was the worst pep rally we've ever had.
  • lol on February 21, 2006 at 11:05 AM
    yeah... so whatever happened to that no innerwear as outerwear business?

    lmao
  • to hmm on February 21, 2006 at 1:12 PM
    i agree with out it was the worst pep or as i like to call them "prep" rally. this was the most pointless school function EVER!! the worst part was the swim team. OH GOD MY EYES!!

    P.S: blair sucks
  • compie5 on February 22, 2006 at 8:03 AM
    pep rallies must be punishment for something..
  • Stop crying (View Email) on February 22, 2006 at 11:33 AM
    We got out of class. Lets not forget that
  • TO HMM on February 22, 2006 at 3:03 PM
    miss or make da crowd was on they feet, you was most likely wit those who was the hypest, so dont hate congradulate and hop off. You tried out and got cut, now you hatin'. There's always next year. So hmm, reach fo' the rim.

    P.S. - Try not to get hung.
  • 06er on February 22, 2006 at 5:31 PM
    chill, the 2004 homecomming pep rally outside was the worst ever.
  • gosh on February 22, 2006 at 5:48 PM
    the only problem with the pep rallies is people go in expecting them to suck to they never cheer or ne thing have some school pride dang...support your class mates
  • Molly (View Email) on February 24, 2006 at 10:23 AM
    i really am sorry that all of your weddings are going to be terrible.

    we want pre-nup?
  • shawni on February 24, 2006 at 4:20 PM
    cha cha slide...creative? Some people need to get out more...
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