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NCEMS Holds OTL Pep Rally

By: Ellie Mady & Katelynn Scott

February 16, 2017

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    On Thursday, February 2, the Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School held a pep rally to get students excited for the last games of the OTL Tournament. The girls would be playing Centralia for 3rd/4th place while the boys were also playing Centralia for 1st/2nd place. The pep rally started out with a welcome speech from Dr. Beck, thanking everyone for coming, and then going over game times as well as encouraging everyone to come out and cheer on the Thunder.

    After the speech, Dr. Beck introduced the NCMS Cheer Squad which consists of six 7th grade girls: Amber Blume, Ellie Mady, Katelyn Ohlsen, Katelynn Scott, Mia Schmitz, and Taryn Bergman. The girls started with a cheer, Clap it Out, to get everyone excited for the upcoming games.

    Then, the boys' basketball coaches, Mr. Bass and Mr. Krause came down to talk about how their season was going and how proud they were of the team to get to the championship game. The players also came down on the court and one player, Jeremiah Dalrymple, gave a quick speech asking everyone to come out and support the team. Next, the girls' coaches, Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Kramer came down to give a speech about their team as well. The players stood there on the court with the coaches throughout the speeches and Camryn Boykin gave one as well.

    After that, the eighth grade presented a check to Thad Lambrecht as their Pay-it-Forward project recipient. The eighth grade held a bake sale at the NC versus SPPS regular season basketball game. The money they raised from the bake sale was donated to Thad to help pay for medical expenses that the family has had to endure from his injuries. The class had raised a total of $570 for the family.

    Next, the OTL teams were challenged to a balloon-dribbling relay race! There was a boys team and a girls team. Both teams started on the end line and had to dribble a balloon to half court and back until all the players on the team had gone. The teams both had a hard time getting down and back the court, and, in the end, it was declared a tie.    

    Afterwards, the cheer squad came back to perform one of the best-known middle school cheers, Some Say. They also invited any OTL basketball players to come down and join them for their favorite cheer.

    The cheer coach, Mrs. Deb Schmitz announced the winners of NC spirit day. Spirit day was held on the last day of the OTL tournament. It was a competition to see who truly had the most school spirit. Cooper Hajek and Owen Carpenter were the middle school winners and they received a candy bar. Owen dyed his hair purple and was dressed in school colors. Cooper wore a blue body suit with purple shots, and a school shirt. There was also a competition throughout the staff to see who had the most spirit. The teachers that won were Mrs. Reinecke, Mrs. Burdiek, and Mrs. Haug. Then, it was announced that the entire elementary school would receive an ice cream party for their participation in NC spirit day, since almost all of the students were dressed from head-to-toe in Thunder pride.

    After the announcements, the cheer team came down to do the always popular spirit stick competition! This competition is lead by the cheerleaders, with two judges. Today’s judges were Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Steinlage! The cheerleaders start with the teachers, and they yell, “Teachers, teachers, what's your cry?!”

    Then, the teachers reply “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!” Then, the cheerleaders start with eighth grade and go all the way down to kindergarten. Our judges then decide who was the loudest. This time around, the kindergartners won, with creativity, because they made little megaphones to yell through. The judges couldn't help but reward their creativity and cuteness with the spirit stick.

    The spirit stick ended the pep rally and Dr. Beck dismissed the grades back to their classrooms. The cheerleaders stood at the doors cheering while the students walked through. It was quite a spirited last pep rally and you could tell that everyone really enjoyed it. The pep rally definitely worked, as there was an overwhelming amount of Thunder fans at the game that night, cheering the players on throughout the evening.

    "We wore Thunder stuff," said Corabelle Langill, a kindergartner.

    Jayla Nolte said, "We were happy when we won the spirit stick and we used megaphones."

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