The rallies at Burlingame High School are well organized and go smoothly every year, but these rallies are not very engaging for students. Each year, students participate in the same activities during rallies, but the repetition of events gets uninteresting after a while.
The rallies need more creativity, and more games to keep the students hooked. To make this work, students also need to learn to become more spirited when it comes to representing their school and their class. Overall, students do not have much fun, and are not as interested as they should be during the rallies, but a few changes could prove differently in the long run.
Many students do not find the rallies to be as enjoyable as they should be, including sophomore Heather Lee.
“I feel like everyone isn’t really spirited enough… we don’t stand up or do anything. Even when the commissioners tell us to stand up we just keep sitting there” said Lee.
Part of the problem with our rallies is school spirit. Nobody wants to stand up to cheer or represent their class at all. Something in our school needs to change. According to Lee, “If your friends don’t stand up, you don’t stand up.” Students should not be anxious to stand up and cheer for their class. When other students with influence stand up, it will give the rest of the students an incentive to do the same.
There are many other students such as Lee who have similar problems with our rallies. If we continue to just sit down during class dances, class posters, and homecoming winners, then we are just making rallies boring ourselves. If everybody was standing up during these events, the opinion on the rallies would change.
Spirit is not the only problem. Roger Migdow, the leadership teacher describes what we need to make our rallies spirited and engaging, “Going forward if we want to make things better we have to put more creative energy into designing new things ... Most of the decisions based off of rallies in the past.”
The students are the ones organizing the rallies, so adding some more creativity could result in a more captivating rally. “The dances seem far away in the field. I would probably bring them closer to the stands,” said Migdow. “I would probably have more smaller events going on … As one thing is going on, another is setting up...That might help to keep the spirit going, there is a lull in your entertainment” Little changes and more creativity can go a long way into making rallies much better.
Compared to other schools, BHS does not represent its school spirit well. Students have the ability to be spirited, we just need some engaging games so that spirit could be portrayed during our rallies.
“All I hear is that other schools have more spirit, but nobody tells me how that looks. It is hard to implement that when I have no idea what it means,” Migdow said. Fun games like knockout, relay races, pie eating contests, and balloon stomp contests are all ideas that make other rallies entertaining. Leadership should implement these ideas into our rallies so they could be improved. Not many at Burlingame can say they find rallies to be enjoyable, so games like these could keep students engaged. The addition of new events, and an increase in school spirit are key ingredients for a better rally.
Many schools have rallies in their school gyms. The closeness of the gym allows students to be more engaged, and many can see more clearly rather than being outside where the dances are being placed far away so every class can see. Mr. Migdow acknowledges this when he said, “Maybe one of the improvements here would be a bigger gymnasium.”
While our school cannot fit everyone in the gym, making the gym bigger would allow for a more appealing rally. A bigger gym, spirited students, and fun games are all ideas to make rallies much more interesting, but something needs to change. Students should not dread going to rallies, rather they should be excited. Overall, BHS spirit needs some work, but small changes that bring students together could make a big difference.