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  • Northeast hosts city pep rally

  • Northeast USD 246 continued what officials hope will be a yearly tradition Friday afternoon in the Northeast High School gym.

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  • Northeast USD 246 continued what officials hope will be a yearly tradition Friday afternoon in the Northeast High School gym.
    The school opened its doors to students in Northeast Junior High and Elementary School students as well as area residents for a community-wide homecoming pep rally to cheer the Vikings football team to victory over Jayhawk Linn. The district reintroduced the rally last year and held it in City Park, but officials decided to host it inside this year due to wet weather.
    To help the community get more involved, students and business owners held a Paint The Town Burgundy contest this week and decorated Washington Street storefronts. The Arma City Library won this year’s contest.
    At the rally the various sports teams were introduced. After he introduced the football team, head coach Phil Hobbs said his team — which later ended up winning its game against Jayhawk Linn 22-14 — was looking forward to tangling with the Jayhawks.
    “It’s a big game for us,” Hobbs said. “These guys have worked really hard and done a tremendous job, and we’re going to get back on track tonight.”
    After the teams were introduced, the cheer squad led the little cheerleaders in a dance as students and parents cheered them on. Then there was a series of three dance-offs, with students and teachers mixing it up together, and then the classes competed in a tug-of-war tournament.
    New Superintendent Greg Gorman said he thinks the community rallies are a great way to bring people together.
    “We thought it was important to start building a feeling of school pride from kindergarten on up,” Gorman said. “Those little really look up to the high schoolers. It’s a way for all our staff and all our kids to get together. I realized when I first got here how much pride there is in the school from the community members. They have very strong feelings about the school.”
    The Vikings entered the 2012 season without any wins in the last two seasons. But they entered Friday’s game with a 2-2 record and a solid chance of knocking off the Jayhawks. Winning, NHS principal Jason Clemensen said, can change the atmosphere quickly.
    “Not only around the school, but around the community,” he said. “It’s all everyone’s talking about. This is one of the best pep assemblies we’ve ever had. It’s been nice to get the community involved in everything.”
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