The Associated Student Body (ASB) boldly took on the challenge of acknowledging gender stereotypes as part of their theme, titled, “Battle of the Sexes.” Although each representative class was battling one another for the top title, the boys and girls from each class were battling amongst themselves, as well.
What really drew in the crowd, however, were the streaming, flashing lights and glow-in-the-dark body paint, posters and tee-shirts. Students also sold a variety of glow sticks to audience members—they, in turn, waved them like banners once the lights dimmed in the crowded gym.
Although this was their first go-around hosting a glow-in-the-dark theme, the ambiance and atmosphere felt like a real concert rather than the typical PHS night rally.
“This was their brain child,” said Season Lozano, activities director for PHS. “It was all the work of our ASB students. We were not sure if the glow-in-the-dark theme was going to work, but they made it happen. It looks great!”
Judge Rob Cozart agreed, stating that it was one of the most inventive ways to perform a night rally at PHS.
“For being the first ever glow-in-the-dark night rally, I was really impressed,” he said. “You could see what was going on because the kids’ orchestrated the backlighting very well.”
Fellow judge Benji Lozano added how interesting the theme was as well, noting that seniors were not only fighting amongst their younger classes, but amongst each other as well.
“I thought it was a great theme,” he said. “There was even a competition within the senior class. It was just something different, and that made it enjoyable.”
Leading the festivities were ABS President and Vice President, Zantino Bustos and Mariele Schut, who joked several times about the difference between boys and girls. They even warned patrons about the rally’s content, which may peeve those who regard gender stereotypes as a serious subject.
“If you’re a feminist, I’m sorry, but there will be a bunch of jokes tonight,” Bustos warned.
Nobody seemed to mind. In fact, jokes were placed within a variety of the scenes depicted within the boys cheer routines and the lip syncs.
The festivities kicked-off with a dance by the cheerleaders, followed by a frivolous performance of the freshmen boys cheer. Next came the freshmen lip sync, where they performed a dance of ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyonce’. When the lyrics, “If you like it, then you should’ve put a ring on it,” rang out, the girls threw jeweled rings into the audience. The lights dimmed even more when ‘Womanizer’ by Britney Spears blared through the speakers, showcasing the girls’ body paint on their face, torso and thighs.
After the following performances by the sophomore and junior class, DJ George Gonzalez of Sounds in Motion said he was overjoyed at how spectacular Patterson’s rallies are compared to others within the Central Valley.
“I’ve worked at 12 or 15 different schools for rallies, but nothing compares to Patterson High School,” said Gonzalez. “Nothing compares to this. I wish more activity directors could come out here to watch this.”
The fun continued with a plethora of games, crowning ceremonies and interactive sequences. One game in particular included a clothing competition where a boy and girl from each class had to trade clothes—with the exception of undergarments and socks—inside black prop-up tents before their fellow competitors. The final showdown was between the freshmen and seniors, although the freshmen were the first to pull away for the victory.
The senior class, however, showed their dominance in the final stage of the performance. The boys cheer did not only use props, but synchronized their music to make fun of the ladies in the audience, causing both genders to laugh. The senior girls also made a statement with their choice of wardrobe, which included large light-up bows, tutus, and a Rosie the Riveter tee-shirt that read, ‘bows before bros’ on the back.
Ultimately, it was the senior class who walked away with the victory after a crowd-engaging dance by the Polynesian Dance Club. The sophomores walked away in second-place, followed the freshmen in third, and the juniors trailing in fourth-place.
ASB senior Alexandria Ruby said it was difficult to put on such a delightful performance, but was happy her class spent two months attempting to put the pieces together for the black-lights and glow-in-the-dark features.
“We had a lot of anticipation going in,” said Ruby, “It’s a lot of pressure to be the best class out here. I really think we did the best we could.”
Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or firstname.lastname@example.org.