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The bleachers at West Campus were crammed full of screaming students a decade ago. So what happened to pep assemblies — and why arent West students excited for the spirit shout any more?

Opinion: Let’s rep the pep

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor May 7, 2021

Excitement runs through the roaring crowd as each class does a chant to close out the assembly. However, on the other side of town, the bleachers in the gym have  been quiet and empty for 4 years. To...

Pep rallies, now a thing of the past at McHenry West, used to give students the opportunity to sit on their phones, or in some cases, leave early. This distracts students from the true reason theyre here: their education.

Opinion: Leave pep in the past

Joe Ndu, Contributing Writer December 11, 2019
“We decided to put assemblies on hold after students started getting up to leave the assemblies 10-15 minutes before the bell rang.  Most students were sitting passively on their phones and leaving early which indicated to us that they did not find them valuable,” explains West principal Marsha Potthoff.
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