Years of assemblies leave impression
An assembly can serve as a stress free break between classes during which students get the chance to unwind with some excitement, laughter and silliness.
The basic break down of an assembly looks a bit like this:
- Students pack themselves onto bleachers.
- Students stand for the National Anthem and forget to keep standing for the fight song.
- Students stand back up for the fight song amongst many complaints.
- Students clap, cheer and sing to the fight song.
- Students sit back down to enjoy watching various performances and activities.
- Students clap, cheer, and laugh intermittently over a period of time.
- Students listen to the assembly closing announcements.
- Students are dismissed to fend for themselves in the wild (i.e. the massive crowd).
But with so many assemblies having taken place over the years, how do the people who plan the assemblies manage to come up with new ideas for them?
Senior Thomas Marino and junior Kristen Murphy came up with some possible activities to help out those who make the big plans.
“[I’d like to see] some kind of sports competition,” Marino said. “Have another dodge ball game down there. But instead of kids against teachers, because the kids are obviously going to win, have a really good team [of students] against another really good team [of students]. It’d be entertaining to watch or even participate in.”
However, Murphy favors the teachers versus students theme.
“Maybe [have] teachers versus students for something,” Murphy said. “Like that one dodgeball game.”
Either way, both agreed that the people who come up with the assemblies put together notable performances. And with so many notable performances, there’s bound to be some favorites.
“I would say [my favorite assembly was] when Mr. Raymond and Mr. Rath had a half-court competition and whoever won got a prize, and Mr. Rath ended up winning and got really crazy,” Marino said. ”I thought it was pretty cool.”
Murphy’s favorite assembly performance also has to do with teachers. Or maybe it was students…
“I think it was teachers, or maybe students, and they had to get a Oreo off their foreheads,” Murphy said. “They had to use their face to get the Oreo off and into their mouth.”
These feats are worthy of recognition, and not without reason, as Marino and Murphy have expressed.
“I would say they’re entertaining, better than class, and I think Student Council does a good job of thinking of ideas and putting them out there,” Marino said. “Thanks for being dedicated to it and putting on a show. I would thank Mr. Hollabaugh because he’s at the head of things and I would thank my sister because she makes the signs and puts them up.”
Murphy added to the appreciation towards assemblies.
“They’re pretty well organized,” Murphy said. “Yeah [they do a really good job]. Thanks for making assemblies an exciting thing to go to.”