SGA bringing back pep rallies in time for Homecoming

The Bearden student body will participate in something on Friday that has not taken place in years. Students will be excused from class at 3:10 p.m. for an SGA-sponsored pep rally in the gym. The event will last until approximately 3:30, preparing Bearden for the Homecoming game against Lenoir City. “The main goal is to bring back school spirit,” pep rally committee chair Connie Wang said. “We’re going to make the school more of a community.” This will be the first pep rally of three scheduled for this season. The next will be on Oct. 6 before the home game against Farragut. “We are going to introduce the football team, and then we are going to introduce the Homecoming Court,” Wang said. “They are going to play a little game with the football players.” The pep rally will also feature part of the male cheerleading performance from Spirit Night. The class exhibiting the most spirit will also be awarded with the “Bearden Spirit Bone,” the Bulldog version of a spirit stick. The game will begin at 7:30 on Friday night. Votes for Homecoming Queen will be taken in Advisory on Friday and announced during half time. Among the candidates are Cozette Gaspard, Sara Hnilica, Caroline Poore, Lacey Tragesser, Sarah Ward, and Caroline Williams. Madison Harmon will be representing the junior class, Brittany Reeves the sophomore class, and Sue-Yun Kim the freshmen class. The Homecoming dance will begin at 9:30 p.m. in the West Mall and last until midnight. The theme this year, “A Moonlight Path,” incorporates black and white décor with a “dark essence,” as head of Homecoming committee Sarah Ward explained. “There’s going to be a really cool surprise at the very end of the dance,” Ward said. Homecoming tickets will be available for sale this week during lunch. Tickets will not be sold at the door.