Lancer Spotlight 5/5/23: Linganore celebrates students in spring 2023 pep rally



Linganore’s pom team

by Aisha Ahmad and Eddie Salvin

On April 26, students and teachers gathered in the Linganore gymnasium with excitement and school spirit. In this special pep rally assembly, students from athletics, band, drama, and STEP teams get recognized for their accomplishments for the winter and spring seasons. 

The pep rally was a moment for students to celebrate other students and student athletes who ended played in championships. 

There were several performances in which students showed talent, passion and excellence. Each performance brought school spirit, community and the opportunity to celebrate each other’s talents and dedication. 

In the beginning of the pep rally, the Linganore band performed, followed by Linganore Drama who shared a glimpse of their spring musical, “The Little Mermaid.” The group performed the song “Under the Sea,” led by seniors Malia Smaha as Ariel and Samuel Vinyo as Sebastian. 

Career and technology education teacher Jeremy Brown was the emcee for the pep rally and recognized athletic accomplishments throughout the event. 

This included the wrestling team’s state championship win, unified track’s gold medals and boys’ lacrosse winning almost every game. Other athletic teams recognized were girls’ basketball, boys’ swimming, tennis, softball, track and baseball.  

After the recognition of athletes, Linganore STEP team executed their first pep rally performance to share culture and spirit with the school community. 

Towards the end of the pep rally, students from each grade and Linganore teachers including PE teacher Christina Moats, social studies teacher and boys’ swim and tennis coach Joseph Hawkins and math teacher Joseph Athey played a competitive and tense game of musical chairs. Senior Aidan Nanda won musical chairs, with Moats coming in second. 

Overall, it was an awesome pep rally experience, and events like this are important for Linganore to celebrate and build school community. 

Athey shared his thoughts on the importance of pep rallies in schools.

“School spirit is important because I think it creates a sense of community,” Athey said. “As a newer teacher here at Linganore, I have noticed the more and more that people come together, the more you are able to say ‘hi’ to people in the hallway; the more you feel like a family, the happier you are and the better it is to be in this place.”

The pep rally is an important event because it brings the community together and students get the opportunity to celebrate one another and share in accomplishments.

Great job and congratulations to all the students who were recognized!