By Sommer Fowler (Special Columnist)

The average rally follows a single schedule.  First, officers spend half of their allotted time scrunching students into bleachers.  Students scramble to find a seat with their friends before officers yell orders to squeeze in closer like a pack of sardines.  Next, kids run aimlessly across the stage with a loud yet incoherent voiceover.  It is not until it is quiet again does the audience realize they just watched the class skits.
Then comes the most entertaining part.  Clubs perform the dances they rehearsed for months—too bad someone forgot to start the music.  After this, the alma mater starts.  No one knows the words, including the seniors who do not bother trying anymore.  Finally the class call begins.  Half of students yell at the top of their lungs.  The other half are heading for the door while officers plead them to stay in their seats.
It is no secret rallies are not the most popular event of PHHS.  It is evident the order of the class blow-your-ears-out and alma mater were switched just to stop everyone from leaving early.  It seems the only people who truly care about and look forward to rallies are those who are participating in them.  The rest of us are trapped watching their attempts to entertain us.
While some parts of rallies are worth an applause the majority of them are rushed, unprepared, and useless.  To rally is to come together for a common cause.  After witnessing almost four years of rallies, I am not completely sure what that cause is for PHHS.
Understandably dance clubs want to show off their hard efforts and undeniable talent, but this can be reserved for shows out of school hours.  Instead of hasting through three minute routines, clubs could build more content.  They get the opportunity to showcase their talents to a single audience who is totally captivated, rather than an entire school who is hardly watching.  This would also give them a chance to raise funds for their group for costumes and supplies.
None of this means rallies should be set aflame and thrown out the window; they still have a purpose.  There is importance in banding as a school to honor the hard work and achievements of sports teams and their captains, staff members who will retire, and other accomplishments and prides we share as a school.  This means we will have significantly less rallies, but they will be of much better quality.  And maybe we can leave out the singing. ♦

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