By Gwenyth Davey
On Friday, September 16, Oyster Bay had its first indoor pep rally since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020. Last year, while the seniors were permitted to be in the gym for the lip sync competition, grades 7-11 watched via live stream from their classrooms. Now that COVID rules and regulations have been relaxed, students were thrilled to come together as a student body to share in the festivities. Following an abbreviated class schedule on Friday, students gathered in the gymnasium to show their support for student athletes and performers alike.
To kick off the pep rally, Mr. Fludd led the choir in singing the national anthem. Then, the spotlight shifted to the middle level athletes who were called to run down to the center of the gymnasium, proudly sporting their jerseys. Then, it was time for the freshman lip sync. Opening the show with a tribute to the ‘70s, the freshmen were then followed by the sophomores, who brought the crowd into the ‘80s. All sophomores were decked out in hot pink to show their spirit. Not to be outdone, the juniors wearing red, performed a skit celebrating the music of the ‘50s, featuring many songs performed by Elvis. Finally, it was time for the seniors. Covered head-to-toe in white, the seniors brought the crowd to its feet by dancing to 2000s fan favorites. Many popular songs were featured, and at the end, some of the seniors wore graduation caps and gowns to celebrate their high school achievements.
After an exciting lip sync competition, the cheerleaders performed an exciting routine, followed by a recognition of OBHS student athletes in an announcement by Mr. Bramoff. During his announcement, Mr. Bramoff congratulated the student body for their hard work, and shared how proud he was of all that the students of OBHS have accomplished.
Varsity teams were then called down to pump up the crowd, as they ran into the gymnasium one by one to a welcome of shouts and cheers from all.
To close out a special day, coaches invited students to the floor to take part in a break dance competition. Almost all of the athletes joined, along with many students from the stands, and the gym was filled with music and laughter. Once everyone returned to their seats, the royal court was announced and the lip sync winners were chosen. The Harbour Voice would like to congratulate the homecoming court, Katherine Jennette, Elijah Porter, Ryan Capone, and Christian Quintua, and all the seniors whose hard work in the lip sync competition led them to a win!
On September 16, the OBHS student body truly demonstrated the power of coming together to support a common cause and to celebrate each other. The energy was palpable as the students left the gymnasium that day, and an air of excitement and anticipation was left in their wake as they prepared for the following day’s football game. Here’s to many more opportunities to come together to celebrate the OBHS student body!