MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant Panthers kicked off Homecoming Week with an outdoor pep rally Monday night at Maple Leaf Athletic Complex.
At the pep rally junior Student Council members Abigail Blint, Jessi Andrews, and Tina Tran announced the 2020 homecoming royalty.
The homecoming court includes Jack Johnson, Kalyssa Longhurst, Henry Lutovsky, Madelyn Milks, Elli Lichety, Erin Andresen, Brennen Bender, Ryann Davidson, Logan Lee and Luke Ryon.
As part of the pep rally, senior football players Chase Adams, Chase Williamson, and Brevin Wilson addressed the crowd, thanking fans for their support and encouragement.
“Thank you to the amazing parents, every night supporting us, making us meals, and being here every Friday night,” Adams said.
The pep rally included a senior “talent” show where senior football players attempted to perform cheerleader stunts, twirl a Hula-Hoop and perform a cheer. Senior Mitchell Moothart was crowned the best act, determined by crowd cheers.
The annual pep rally is traditionally performed Monday morning to kick off the week but due to social distancing guidelines, the event was moved into the evening and to the stadium this year.
Although things are a little different this year many seniors are choosing to stay positive and are excited for homecoming.
Senior class President’s Emma Pieper and Cristina Carthey are trying to stay positive and excited for homecoming.
“I tried to stay optimistic, but with everything going on it’s hard to make assumptions and have expectations,” said Pieper.
Although they didn’t know what was going to happen or even if it was going to happen the seniors are excited that homecoming is here. It may look different from other years, but most of the traditions are still happening.
“I’m excited that we are able to actually do stuff. Like Boom Night, instead of having it in the gym, we’re having it outside, even though it’s different at least we’re still having something,” Carthey said.
Many seniors are excited to make some good memories out of this year with nothing but change and sad memories.
“We’re so excited to have a great time and cherish these last memories, even though it might be a different kind of year. I think we’re just excited that we’re seniors, and we’re gonna have a great last homecoming,” said Pieper.
Continuing with tradition, students played a powder puff football game before the pep rally where junior and senior girls face off in a flag football game. The seniors took the crown this year with the final score of 29-23.
In the words of Emma Pieper, “Happy homecoming and go Panthers!”