Sticking true to its theme, every class and sports team was given a country to represent; the freshmen were Russia, sophomores Australia, juniors France, and seniors Mexico. Wrestling was Armenia, girls’ soccer Brazil, girl’s water polo Croatia, boys’ basketball Jamaica, girls’ basketball Philippines, and boys’ soccer Spain. A brass ensemble played Olympic Fanfare as students were ushered into the gym, and tiny flags representing a multitude of countries were passed out by ASB members.
Kyanna, senior, and Ashley, junior, sat at a table made up like a TV news anchor desk and announced the teams as they marched in for the Opening Ceremony. Sharon Day, CMHS Alumni from the class of 2003 and high jump Olympian, ran in with the Olympic torch and declared the games open, the Olympic cauldron bursting into flame.
As usual, various dance performances were sprinkled throughout the rally, with the dance team representing India, Black Student Union representing Kenya, and cheer representing the USA. A special performance showcased the dance talents of senior Marco Santiago, which for many was the highlight of the rally.
“I had to practice before, so I was a bit tired, and I was nervous,” Marco said. “But I guess I killed it.”
The team captains participated in a figure skating competition in which they had to choreograph a 30 second dance routine, judged by Mrs. Debusk, Mr. Poveda, and Ms. Hayes. Several performances included props such as tiaras and tutus, and had the audience in an uproar of laughter, as the captains pirouetted, backflipped, and did snow angels on the gym floor.
“The first people to the prop box got to use props in their routine,” said senior McKenna Patton, who represented girls’ soccer. “It was all on the spot. [My partner] fell to the ground and I was just like, ‘Snow angels? All right, we’re making snow angels!’”
"It was super J!" commented host Ashley.
In the end, third place went to boys’ soccer, second place to wrestling, and first place to boys’ basketball. The medal tally chart, hung at one end of the gym, went unused as the rally was cut short due to time, running over by five minutes according to a PA announcement by Mr. Petersen.
“The last game was supposed to be a bobsled race,” stated host Kyanna.
In an effort to involve more of the student body’s talents and presence in the rallies, ASB and Mrs. Delzer asked the KMESA News team to produce “news coverage” of Mesa’s Winter Olympics. Reporters Lynzi Franz and Jenny Beautz interviewed sports captains who, in the true spirit of the rally, answered questions as the country they were representing.
When asked if she felt more included in school activities, Kyanna replied, “I don’t feel any more or less included. It still feels the same.”
Overall, according to those involved and students alike, the rally was a break from the norm and well-received.
“We were really nervous. I think it went really well!” Kyanna commented. “But on the floor it got off script and was kind of chaotic.”
“It was so good! It was amazing how they included all of the countries!” exclaimed senior Jocelyn Menendez.