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NCMS Kicks off Athletic Season with a Pep Rally

By: Jillian Stueve & Elli Rusche

September 18, 2018

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    This year’s first pep rally for the Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School was on Thursday, August 30. At the pep rally, the students and staff celebrated the upcoming games for the football and volleyball teams. It also celebrated the approaching meet for the cross country team.

    The pep rally started out with the cheerleaders giving a warm welcome to the whole school, in a cheer. The cheerleaders that conducted the pep rally were Camryn Kaster, Elena Gonzalez, Trista Peterson, Samantha Holthaus, and Madi Scott. The cheer coach for this school year is Deb Schmitz. The cheer helped get the excitement started for the rest of the pep rally. It was the first football game of the season that night and it was against Jeff West. That coming Saturday was the cross country team's first meet at Marysville. The following  Tuesday, the Lady Thunder would have their first volleyball game.

    The cheerleaders planned a game for the players and a few of the coaches. Those players consisted of Ella Larkin, Kaylee Finney, Elli Rusche, Addy Holthaus, Gracyn Lierz, Cooper Hajek, Brendon Feltner, Korbin Macke, Blake Stallbaumer, Brandon Rogers, Mr. Hadden Hiltgen, Mr. Jon Thomas, Mrs. Nikki Honeyman, and Mrs. Lisa Holthaus. The game was a relay race between the boys and the girls.  Each participant had to run down the floor with a balloon between their legs.  When they arrived at the towel, each person had to  pop the balloon with their bottom. The race was very intense and both teams were racing to the finish. After Brendon Feltner had a bit of a stumble, the girls team caught up. It came down to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Honeyman to win for their team. There never was a winner declared because the rules weren’t clarified whether they had to pop the balloon first or whether they had to run back after they popped the balloon to tag their team.  It was an exciting game with many laughs.

  “It was fun participating, and I think the crowd enjoyed it,” said Kaylee Finney.

    Towards the end of the pep rally, the cheerleaders had the annual Spirit Stick competition. The cheerleaders start off the cheer with the teachers and ended with the whole audience cheering V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. Mr. Hiltgen and Mrs. Honeyman debated for a bit about who won and they finally came up with the result. The seventh grade turned out to be the first spirit stick winners for the 2018 school year!  

   “The pep rally was fun and I liked doing the V-I-C-T-O-R-Y cheer,” said Jolie Jones.

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