The Return of the Lightning


Sabrina Do

Juniors and Seniors engage in a friendly competition of bubble ball soccer.

Lauren Chung, Sports Editor

Wilkins Town Square was decorated with streamers and banners for our annual Pep Rally, which took place on a sunny Friday morning. After over a year from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sage Hill traditions return, filling the week with tons of spirit and excitement. 

Our Student Council planned a fun, memorable week for students, teachers, and faculty members to dress up for our Homecoming Spirit Week. 

“Spirit Week was a very collaborative process, and everyone in Student Council came together and brainstormed ideas,” said Sophomore Co-Chair Max Razmjoo. “I am very proud of what we were able to do in Student Council and more excited about having a pep rally.”

StuCo planned dress-up days to rally spirit among the Sage community; Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was No Backpack Day, Wednesday was Jersey Day, Thursday was Groovy Day, and Friday was our traditional Pep Rally with our class color shirts. 

“My favorite spirit day was Pajama Day because I could be comfortable during the school day in my pajamas,” said freshman Ceyda Shamsai. “It was also fun because my friends participated in it too.” 

This year, our traditional Pep Rally took place in Town Square instead of the Ube, and students arrived on campus early in the morning to help decorate and hang banners.

“I was so excited to go early in the morning to help my class out,” said freshman Haley Li. “My friends and I were able to throw streamers around trees and decorate all around campus.” 

Because of the pandemic, sophomores missed out on the tradition last year, making Pep Rally a first time experience for both freshmen and sophomores. 

“I really liked the competition between each grade level as well as coming together as a community,” said sophomore Jaci Lee. “Everyone was throwing streamers, and it was all just very fun.” 

Junior Adi Rawal also enjoyed Pep Rally, as he thought it was a “great community bonding experience and very enriching for the students.”

To kick off Pep Rally, freshman Fiori Lee gave a stunning performance of the national anthem and was followed by the Sage Hill Jazz Band performing “Don’t Stop Believin’”. After, our school’s Dance Team showcased an upbeat dance that fired up the crowd, where the community was further aroused through grade level class cheers. 

This year’s Pep Rally game was bubble soccer, where students play soccer but are inside inflatable bubbles. 

“I think that bubble soccer was my favorite part of the pep rally,” said Li. “I heard my friends cheering my name, and it was fun to bump into others and watch them bounce.” 

After the exciting game of bubble soccer, the Sage Hill tradition continues through grade level skits. 

First, the freshmen performed an impressive dance to the song “Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain, showcasing flips and tumbling. Then, the sophomores’ skit was about an old Sage Hill alumni that reminisces distance learning through Zoom. Next, the juniors emphasized the troubles a student experiences through their junior year, but in the end, the student was able to overcome these stresses through support from their peers. Finally, the senior skit demonstrated the importance of the Honor Code as well as our school’s Six Core Competencies. 

In a difficult decision, the judges announced the winners, and in a rare occasion, juniors took first place. In second came seniors, sophomores placed third, and freshmen were in last place.