By: Izzy Baker
Kicking off the school year strong, the Fall Assembly was hosted on Friday, September 7th in the gym. Cheerleaders and ASB gave a warm, musical welcome back to all students, immediately creating an air of excitement surrounding the first school event of the year. After their lively introduction, cheer performed one of their trademark incredible high-flying routines as a segment into the next event.
Tigers were then greeted by their next host, PJ Hanson (12), who in turn introduced the theme of the assembly with his red trench coat and top hat, “The Greatest Showman.” There was also a parody video of the actual movie.
The focus was largely aimed at the Bell Game against El Dorado High School. For instance, the audience bore witness to its beloved Tiger mascot pursuing the well despised Chicken Hawk. ASB later announced that face paint would be available prior to the game and played a video to invoke school spirit against the notorious VHS rival. Lastly, as a way of demonstrating his Bell Game spirit, Mr. Louie declared his love for the touchdown song, which was also performed by two of Valencia’s trumpet players.
Aside from football, many other sports were also addressed at the assembly. The promo video gave Tigers insight into the rigorous practice and training their fellow students endure. Students also got a look at Valencia’s two dance teams through their flawless live performances. While the boys had the crowds cheering with some of their hip hop choreography, the girls caught attention with a jazz routine, sticking to the assembly’s theme.
Mr. Leonard Takahashi also led a special teacher dance towards the end of the assembly, giving everyone a chance to see some of their teachers perform.
Before the assembly ended, however, there was a friendly game of musical chairs, making sure that both students and staff were involved. Representatives from all four grade levels and a few teachers competed in a sizable group, but after a few rounds Andy Pin came out victorious, representing the senior class.
Last but not least, ASB announced this year’s theme for Homecoming, which is taking place October 5, “Under the Golden Lights.”
Overall, the first assembly of the year did well to meet its goals of high spirits and unity. The energy in the gym welcomed the class of 2022 who only a few months ago were still in middle school. The roles everyone played, including ASB, staff, and even the audience left everyone with a buzz of energy that continued that evening at the Bell Game.