‘Putting cancer in the dark’

Cheer to host first community blacklight pep rally


Courtesy of Lovejoy Cheer

In preparation for the pep rally, cheerleaders will be spending their Wednesday off from school practicing.

The first community blacklight pep rally has been in the works since the summer. On Oct. 3, the cheerleaders will host a pink out, blacklight pep rally to spread awareness for cancer and “put cancer in the dark”. The pep rally is a free event hosted in the auditorium at 7 p.m., and all students and families from the district are invited.

“Dr. Goddard is doing a great job of driving school spirit. I think the students have seen that at games and pep rallies. He’s just been great,” Jamey Brumely, President of the Cheer Booster Club said. “And so we thought that that a pep rally for the community, just like we do at the High School, can help support driving the school spirit.

Pink out t-shirts were sold by the Student Council for the pep rally to raise funds to donate to a non-profit breast cancer organization, the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“It’s just been a great merger of just driving school spirit–working with STUCO, working with the administration, and we are just really excited about it,” Brumley said.

The cheerleaders have been preparing for weeks working on the pep rally and learning a dance to perform. 

“I am most excited for our performance. We have been working really hard and I think it will be enjoyable to watch.” senior cheer captain Taylor Dismukes said. 

Different from typical high school pep rallies, the community being invited allows for middle school students to be recognized for their organizations as well. 

“Let’s invite the community, let’s invite middle school teams and programs to participate,” Brumley said. “So you’ll have middle school football, track, tennis, and then you’ll have middle school choirs, middle school band, I think their color guard. So it’s fun to have these middle schoolers getting to share this experience.”