Dukes finish out Homecoming Week with another successful pep rally


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Kings/Queen of the Couch groups gather around the famous couch as they await the announcement of the true Kings/Queens of the Couch.

Today, York held its annual Homecoming Pep Rally in the Green and White Gym. There, the winners of the Homecoming Week competitions were announced including hallway decorations, Most Spirited Staff Department, and, of course, the 2017 Kings/Queens of the Couch. Performances by York Cheerleading, York Poms, band, and special appearances from varsity football players helped make this year’s pep rally perfect to boost spirits for tonight’s game.

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York Cheerleaders perform for the students during the Pep Rally as they lift all of their fliers into the air on Fri., Sept. 22, 2017.

The band kicked off the pep rally by performing our fight song, which incited cheers from the whole audience.

“I think band initiates school spirit, said Aleksija Iglendza. “Without band, things would just be dead because music makes people happy, and what we’re trying to show is that there’s a lot of reasons to be happy. The band makes [the pep rally] a thousand times better.”

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Band players rally up students by playing the fight song in the beginning of the Pep Rally on Fri., Sept. 22, 2017. 

Leading up to Homecoming, one of the biggest things on students’ minds has been the Kings/Queens of the Couch competition. At the pep rally the final winners were announced, The PokéDukes.

“This competition was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot about school spirit, a lot about clubs in general and sports practices,”  said Poke Dukes member Nick Incandela. “It was just a lot of fun to meet new people, try new things, and just become the Kings of the Couch.”

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PokéDukes take their first seat on the couch after being announced Kings of the Couch at the Homecoming Pep Rally on Fri., Sept. 22, 2017. 


Clubs and sports throughout York participated in the Hallway Decoration Contest this week. The contest consisted of four categories: Hallway that Best Represents the Club, Most Creative, People’s’ Choice, and The Hallway that Best Represents the Theme. The winners were as follows.

Hallway that Best Represents the Club: AS-IS

People’s’ Choice: Chinese Club

The Hallway that Best Represents the Theme: Girl’s Swim and Dive

Most Creative Hallway: Italian Club

Staff departments competed to see who could show the most school spirit for each spirit day throughout homecoming week. It was a tough battle, and the staff managed to spread a lot of school spirit in the process. But, in the end, the English Department won.

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Poms followed the cheerleaders with an equally perfect performance for boosting Duke Spirit. Fri., Sept. 22, 2017. 

Later on, several varsity football players participated in this year’s mini-game “Human Hungry Hippos.” Players worked together in pairs to collect as many tennis balls as possible. The crowd was really engaged in the activity, which brought a lot of spirit and enthusiasm to the gym.

“I enjoyed it, but more than winning the game, I really enjoyed hitting my fellow teammates,” said senior Joey Jaeger, who participated in the game.

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Football players slide into the middle of the court, and each other, during the Human Hungry Hippos game on Fri., Sept. 22, 2017. 

Overall, this year’s Homecoming Pep Rally was a major success. The build-up of Homecoming Week was enthusiastically finished out as Dukes now get ready for tonight’s Homecoming Game and the Homecoming Dance Saturday night.  

“I hope you all have enjoyed this week filled with Homecoming festivities,” said Student Body President Olivia Pechous. “Tonight is about us coming together, as Dukes, to support our Football team as they show their grit against Hinsdale Central.” 

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Student Body President, Olivia Pechous poses with the Duke before Pep Rally on Fri., Sept. 22, 2017.