Rallying boys against girls
River Valley High School recently held its most popular rally of the year: Boys vs. Girls. Students are always hyped up for it, dressing in their respective pink and blue colors, divided on opposite sides of the gym.
No one can keep quiet, with both sides screaming formulated stereotypes back and forth. "Go make me a sandwich!" from the boys was met with an equally fierce "Go to Subway!" from the girls. Our rally commissioner had to quiet the crowd on multiple occasions.
The gym was decked out with posters, balloons and streamers thanks to the Leadership class who worked on their own time the night before to make it beautiful.
Our theme was based on the hit television singing show "The Voice." Four teachers dressed up as our judges, and the details were impeccable, all the way down to Cee Lo Green's furry white cat.
We had students performing karaoke off a big projection screen, and I have to say, they were great — in a terrible sounding way, but that was the point: to belt it out and have fun. We also had cheerleaders do a little dance number with the baseball players.
Over the time, there were two proposals to prom from center stage, which were readily accepted and met with the girls' cries of "Whipped!" Jazz band Rice and Beans, made up of four senior class boys, played their hearts out and had the crowd in a frenzy. The dance crew also had people extremely entertained with their mocking of guys and parody of the Spice Girls.
Believe it or not, the students are not even the most active participants in the Boys vs. Girls rally: Teachers and staff are! Each year there is a big battle to decide which act is the best — the one by the male or female staffs.
A riveting comeback from the male teachers — or N*Sync, as they have come to be known — brought the crowd to its feet in cheers. They performed everything from salsa, pop and even traditional Indian dances. When they stripped down to tank tops, with colorful leggings and funny boxers, and danced a dedication to popular band LMFAO, I thought it was over.
But no one should underestimate girl power. They women put on a spectacle that truly answered the age-old question: Who runs the world? Girls! With splits and screams and massive amounts of student participation, the girls won it.
The men were great sports, walking over to congratulate the women. This leaves a tie between the men and women, having won two years each. Who will pull ahead next year?
As a final spectacle, the choir club raffled off a chance to pie two of the most infamous teachers: government teacher Leslie Lee, and her husband, science teacher Michael Lee. Students either definitely wanted to throw a pie or were too scared to throw one.
We owe huge thanks to the teachers and staff who participated in the Boys vs. Girls rally. It would not be as fun or successful if not for their dedication to making our school fun and enjoyable.
And to everyone out there who was not lucky enough to experience the rally first hand, look the video up on YouTube under the heading "River Valley Boys vs. Girls Rally 2012."
Manjinder Singh is a senior at River Valley High School. His column appears every six weeks in Education.