CLARK, NJ - “Let’s Go Johnson!” could be heard throughout the halls of Arthur L. Johnson as students gathered for the annual Winter Pep Rally. Grouped by graduating class, students sat in the bleachers and waited to cheer for their favorite sport. 

As usual, social studies teacher, Mr. David Fosco served as the master of ceremonies for the event. “Are you ready to cheer ALJ to victory?” boomed Fosco, as he egged the crowd to cheer for the winter teams. 

Each of the team captains, took a moment to introduce their student athletes, spending a little extra time introducing each senior by name. 

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Teams included in the event were Winter Cheerleading, Winter Track, Wrestling, Swimming, Bowling, Ice Hockey, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball and Speech and Debate. 

When all the cheering was over, the Annual Tug of War really excited the students and staff.  First up were Freshmen vs. Sophomores. At first sight, the Freshmen had an advantage with a number of very husky looking boys taking the lead. However, many were surprised when the apparently outmatched Sophomores took the first win. 

Next up were Seniors vs. Juniors. This match seemed much more balanced, and either side could win. The Seniors took the win with a hard-fought competition. 

The final round between students was the Sophomores vs. Seniors. Both sides were confident from their recent win, but the Seniors outpowered the Sophomores and won the honor of facing the teachers. 

The teachers entered the gym very confident, especially as their anchor was assistant maintenance man Daniel Filip, who is described as a mammoth of a man. Joining him were Vice Principal Ed Bucior, Science teacher Lou Van Bergen and Football Head Coach Anthony Delconte along with a number of other teachers and staff. 

At first, it seemed like the Seniors had met their match, but soon the tide turned and the Seniors took the win. This is the first time in five years that the teachers have been beaten. 

“I really enjoy these events,” said  Fosco, “It really shows how much the students support their athletes.” 

Students and teachers may have been heard most enthusiastically cheering for the winter break which began immediately upon the conclusion of the pep rally. 

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