Rally Celebrates First Semester Academic, Athletic Success

Steven Wetterholm, Staff Writer

Fall sports teams and first semester academic clubs were honored at a February 9th rally.

Spirit commissioners Avery and Ethan Stevenson hosted lively jazz band and cheerleader performances to open the celebration. “We have even better sports teams this year, so it will be more exciting than last year’s Red Out Rally,” Ethan Stevenson promised before the event.

Receiving honors were the Model UN, Academic Decathlon, Robotics Club, and Science Club. The Academic Decathlon team won first and second place titles in the county, earning them a berth in the state competition.

After winning first place honors at the Regional Science Bowl, the Science Club will be traveling to Washington D.C in April to compete at Nationals. “It was a really great surprise winning the regional science competition and moving on to Washington D.C.” said Science Club member Marie Lu.

Varsity girls’ tennis was acknowledged for its undefeated 12-0 season and a DFAL championship. The girls’ water polo and volleyball teams were similarly recognized for their winning seasons.

Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year Chuck Woolridge congratulated both his boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams on their respective NCS Division III championships and lauded the extraordinary accomplishments of senior runners Thomas Joyce and Carrie Verdon for their NCS and State victories. Verdon was recognized for winning consecutive Division III state championships and received a state championship banner, which will be displayed in the gym.

After receiving the banner, Verdon said, “it’s cool to think that it’s going to be there for a long time for others to see. It’s exciting to see it hanging in the gym becuase it brings back the memories of winning state every time I see it.”

Football was the final sport to be honored, as Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year Kevin Macy reviewed the Varsity Football team’s 14-1 season and first NCS victory in twenty-five years. Macy congratulated senior Griffin Piatt for his outstanding leadership and then received a state championship banner to be showcased in the gym.

The rally ended with a rousing rap performance by junior Luther Kuefner, who was accompanied by the Campo Jazz Band.