BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The third annual Friday Night Lights Pep Rally took place Friday, September 27, during the last 40 minutes of the school day. Governor Livingston’s Marching Band welcomed the seniors and juniors, who quickly filled the bleachers eager to see the show, into the Blue Gym. At the same time, sophomores and freshmen crowded into the Red Gym for the Underclassmen Pep Rally performance.

The Upperclassmen Pep Rally kicked off with the announcement that Senior Victoria Vanriele was awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row for her impressive performance in GL’s track and cross country programs. The news of an achievement as such set the tone for the rest of the event. 

A stunning performance from Varsity Cheerleading gave a preview of the halftime show they would perform at the FNL game. As usual, the crowd cheered as the cheerleaders performed stunts and tumbled throughout the dance. Meanwhile in the Red Gym, JV Cheer showed of their own stunting abilities.

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The students next acknowledged the fall sports teams, cheering them all on in the annual dance battle. Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey and, of course, Varsity Football team participated in an enjoyable performance. Each team showed off some skills, from flips and back-handsprings accomplished by senior Lauren Zyska in the Girls’ Volleyball dance to Boys’ Soccer’s impressive rendition of a man riding a human-bicycle. Girls’ Field Hockey showed some talent as well, with an entertaining performance of the “Hoedown Throwdown”. The battle was even more enticing when two of GL’s seniors, Ava Messler and Olivia DiNorscio volunteered to be pied by the football players. The audience was most definitely satisfied. 

Senior Brenna Rielly felt the pep rally has been getting better and better. “I thought it was really great and very spirited! Past years when it was outside it wasn’t as hype, so I thought moving it inside made it really fun.” Being on the Girls’ Field Hockey team, she found that the creativity and final products of all of the fall sport dances were unique and her favorite event during the whole pep rally. 

To bring the energy levels higher and the pep rally to a close, the boys football team shared their own dancing skills and explained that the team could only have success with support from the student body. The team’s request was certainly fulfilled, as the cheers coming from the student section at the game were booming. 

While the energy level of the upperclassmen set a high bar, the sophomores and freshmen had an exciting show of their own to see. Not only did fall sports teams dance and students got pied, there was an eating contest as well as a basketball foul shot contest. “My favorite part was seeing people get pied,” sophomore Sebastian Gratson said. “I really liked the eating competition, too.” Even though the classes are split up, Gratson agreed that the pep rally he saw was quite enjoyable. 

The cheers and excitement at the actual game are what made it exciting to watch. Students have enjoyed the pep rallies so far and GL is definitely doing something right, bringing the student body participation and school spirit to the maximum.