First pep rally of the school year celebrates “Sweet Colton Pride”


J. Dollins

ASB leader Ariel Ortiz (grade 12) throws candy into the crowd at last Friday’s pep rally.

Briana McMullen, Pepper Bough Staff Writer

Colton, CA—Last Friday, August 27th, Colton High took to the basketball courts outside the Mac Gym during both lunches and partied at its first pep rally of the 2021-22 school year. 

The pep rally—centered around the theme of “Sweet Colton Pride”—entertained students with a lot of activities, candy, and spectacle. Marching Band performed, Cheer danced, and Fall sports athletes huddled to show off their team spirit. 

For over half of the student body, this was their first pep rally experience.

Since last year was spent in distance learning, Friday’s rally marked a first for this year’s sophomore class. 

“I think the pep rally was great,” sophomore Kate Parra said afterward. “It was very entertaining and it was good to see everyone having fun. It was also very cool to see the captains of different sports and their different chants.”

Students like Kate were disappointed they missed out on making memories at rallies last year, but are happy to participate this year.

For Seniors, this rally was their last.

Karime Parra, Kate’s senior sister, has always enjoyed the rally experience, and is a little sad that she has one less rally in her future. “I’m glad I got to be a part of it. It was different, but I feel like many people enjoyed it, which is good.”

ASB organized the rally, coordinating a DJ, multiple teams, lunchtime games, photo booths, performances, and candy distribution. It was the climax of “It’s Good to Be Back” Spirit Week, which featured several moments celebrating school spirit.

Many students said this first rally was a blast and look forward to the next one.