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Pink-out pep rally honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month Amanda Hare, Gabriella Winans

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month began Oct. 1, the school honored breast cancer survivors during the Pink-Out Pep Rally Thursday, Oct. 7. The pep rally featured performances from the Talonettes drill team, cheerleaders, colorguard and the Mighty Eagle Band. During the pep rally, Student Council honored staff and community members who are breast cancer survivors.

Talking to teachers Natalie Merrill and Jenny Mills, anatomy and physiology teacher Darilyn Krempin hugs Prestonwood Baptist Church member and teacher Holly Hollingsworth-Ervin. Mills, Krempin and Hollingsworth-Ervin are breast cancer survivors and were honored at the pep rally. "It is important to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month because it is time for us to not only advocate for the diagnosed women and men, but also to remember those who have previously lost their battle," senior Tiana Albino said. "As we recognize this month, more and more people become educated when it comes to the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and ultimately save more lives we as promote awareness as a whole." (Photo by Amanda Hare)
As the cheerleaders scream around him, TikToker Roland Pollard holds his 5-year-old daughter Jayden Pollard. Roland's TikTok account has 3.8 million followers and 74.5 million likes. "My favorite part of the pep rally was seeing Jayden and Ronald Pollard performing," senior Carrington Langston said. "I knew we were having special guests, and I was shocked when they were the ones who came out." (Photo by Amanda Hare).
"I think it's important to honor breast cancer because it's something that has probably affected everyone in one way or another, whether it's a family member, friend, or even a teacher." - senior Carrington Langston
Waving their poms, cheerleaders gather together for the fight song. Before the pep rally started, the Mighty Eagle Band played the fight song. They also played the fight song again at the start of the pep rally. (Photo by Gabriella Winans).

Arms crossed, sophomore Reagan Nowak dances with the Talonettes. Nowak has been a member of the drill team since her freshman year. This year, she serves as Sophomore Lieutenant. (Photos by Gabriella Winans)

Looking to the crowd, senior Paige Hursman performs to a remix of "It's Goin' Down" by Yung Joc. Hursman has been a member of the Talonettes drill team since her freshman year. "I love being able to perform with such an amazing team," Hursman said. "The experience of hearing the crowd go wild when we finish is so exhilarating, and it makes me want to perform 10 times over again."

Together, the cheerleaders take a photo with father-daughter duo Roland and Jayden Pollard. The Pollards are famous on social media for their cheer stunts. At the pep rally, the Pollards performed for the school. (Photo by Amanda Hare)

Pom in the air, senior Amber Rigdon raises her hand for the playing of the school song. The song is played at the end of every pep rally. Rigdon wore all pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Photo by Gabriella Winans)

At the pep rally, senior varsity cheerleader Meri-Kate Edmundson performs for the crowd. Edmundson is a flyer on the team, meaning she gets lifted in the air during the stunts. The varsity team also cheers at the varsity football games. (Photos by Amanda Hare)

"It is important to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month because it is time for us to not only advocate for the diagnosed women and men, but also to remember those who have previously lost their battle. As we recognize this month, more and more people become educated when it comes to the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and ultimately save more lives we as promote awareness as a whole." - senior Tiana Albino
Instruments in the air, the band plays the school's fight song. The Mighty Eagle Band is under the direction of Brandon Holt. The group recently won third place at the HEB Marching Contest. (Photo by Gabrella Winans)
At the pep rally, the varsity cheerleaders performed for the crowd. On Sept. 20, senior varsity cheerleader Makayla Noble suffered a spinal cord injury in a tumbling accident. The community has been showing support for Noble by wearing purple and donating on her GoFundMe page. (Photos by Amanda Hare; 1: junior Ava Haworth - 2: senior Meri-Kate Edmundson - 3: seniors Emma Miller and Adalyn McElroy - 4: junior Ava Haworth) (Photos by Gabriella Winans; 5: junior Kylie Pizzurro - 6: junior Ava Haworth - 7: junior Ava Anderson - 8: senior Amanda Vilello - 9: seniors Isabelle Lawless, Emma Miller and Adalyn McElroy - 10: senior Riley Brown)
Showing their school spirit, Student Council held skits during the pep rally. One skit included the mascot, Edgy the Eagle, winning a Bachelorette competition. "As the Bachelorette Rose Ceremony began today, I just knew it was going to disappointing for the other finalist," senior Tiana Albino said. "On the flip side, I'm glad that Edgy the Eagle was finally able to make his match of true love." (1: photo by Amanda Hare 2: senior Julina Christian, photo by Amanda Hare - 3: junior Cheyenne Routh, photo by Amanda Hare - 4: photo by Gabriella Winans - 5: photo by Gabriella Winans)
Finishing her routine, junior Mercedes Roel looks to the cheering crowd. Roel performs with the colorguard at every pep rally and football game. Colorguard is under the direction of Lindsay Kusmierczak. (Photo by Gabriella Winans)

Surprising the audience, TikTokers Roland and Jayden Pollard came to perform their cheer stunts at the pep rally. In their performance, Roland held up Jayden with one hand along with Jayden completing tricks such as flips and hand stands. "My favorite part of the pep rally would have to be seeing Jayden Pollard and her dad presenting their amazing routine," senior Tiana Albino said. "It's always fascinating to watch cheerleading stunts, so you can imagine the excitement from everyone across the arena as this father and daughter duo performed together as a surprise." (Right photo by Amanda Hare, below photos by Gabriella Winans)

Looking out at the arena, culinary arts teacher Audra Claypoole listens to the band play the alma mater. The band closes every pep rally as they play the alma mater. They also play the song at the start of every football game. (Photo by Gabriella Winans)
At the pep rally, the Talonettes drill team perform a hip hop dance. The Talonettes Captain is senior Rowan Abrams and the Lieutenant Captain is senior Brooke Black. "This was definitely one of our most challenging routines, but I think it really paid off," senior Talonette Carrington Langston said. "We got to show off new skills that we've never done before and, based on the school's reaction, I think they enjoyed it." (Photos by Amanda Hare) (1: senior Lieutenant Captain Brooke Black - 2: junior officer Kaley Carr - 3: junior officer Kaley Carr - 4: sophomore officer Reagan Nowak - 5: sophomore officer Reagan Nowak)