Student Government Organizes, Leads First Pep Rally of School Year


Cassie Garrison, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Wednesday, September 15, Notre Dame Academy held its first pep rally of the 2022-23 school year. 

This rally was scheduled differently than others have been previously, taking place between second and third hour during advisory time.

“We are looking forward to the gathering and celebrating the beginning of a new school year together,” said Student Government adviser Jennie Laakonsen prior to the rally. 

Laakonsen added that there will be two pep rallies this year- one in the fall and one in the spring- and that this rally was “not specifically connected to sports.” 

“I am so excited to go to the pep rally and be able to experience some school spirit,” said sophomore Amelia Chrumdimsky.

Chrumdimsky also shared that she looked forward to playing trumpet in the NDA band under the direction of Mr. Steve Johnson. 

“I think it’s great that this week’s pep rally is run by students, and I’m looking forward to having the band participate,” Johnson said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with this group. The students are very enthusiastic and positive. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see what we’re capable of achieving.”

Student body president Jacob VanOoyen welcoming students to the pep rally.

Freshman Sara Chovan, who played clarinet in the rally, said she was also looking forward to the event. 

“I think it’s a great way to kick off the school year,” Chovan said. 

On the day of the rally, everything went smoothly. The band played a variety of songs and classes went head to head in a game of ‘Name that Tune.’

“It was really fun,” said sophomore Jasmine Rogers. “It was great to immerse myself in the cheering and school spirit.”

Members of Student Government took the leadership in planning and speaking at the rally.  

“It was so great to see the whole school cheering together,” said Mrs. Danielle Bennett, social studies teacher.