Catasauqua Press

Monday, January 22, 2018
During Catasauqua High School’s annual Turkey Day pep rally Nov. 22, queen Bree Sheldon and king Miguel Hernandez, CHS seniors, are crowned. The Rough Riders faced off against Northampton Area High School’s Konkrete Kids, who won 46-19, Nov. 23.Press photos by Mark Reccek During Catasauqua High School’s annual Turkey Day pep rally Nov. 22, queen Bree Sheldon and king Miguel Hernandez, CHS seniors, are crowned. The Rough Riders faced off against Northampton Area High School’s Konkrete Kids, who won 46-19, Nov. 23.Press photos by Mark Reccek
The Powder Puff cheerleaders perform an orchestrated cheer. The Powder Puff cheerleaders perform an orchestrated cheer.
CHS Principal David Ascani and faculty engage in a performance to motivate the students, staff and community. CHS Principal David Ascani and faculty engage in a performance to motivate the students, staff and community.
From left, Andrew Brett, Joey Kober, Tyra Brown and Grant Gebhardt are declared this year’s Turkey Day legs and baby bonfire winners. From left, Andrew Brett, Joey Kober, Tyra Brown and Grant Gebhardt are declared this year’s Turkey Day legs and baby bonfire winners.

Prepping for the big game

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in School

Catasauqua High School holds Turkey Day pep rally

Every year, Catasauqua High School holds its explosive Turkey Day pep rally the day before its big Thanksgiving Day football game against the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids.

This year’s pep rally was no different from those in the past, filled with spirited band music, the Rough Riders’ football senior team captains speaking about their time playing for CHS, cheerleaders motivating the team, the Powder Puff cheerleaders engaging in a performance, the announcing of the Turkey Day legs and baby bonfire winners and the crowning of the Turkey Day king and queen.

According to CHS Principal David Ascani, guidance counselor and Student Council adviser Tara Roseman facilitates the decorating of the gym, along with help from the cheerleaders and band members.

“The students start decorating the night before the pep rally and then finish everything in the morning of the pep rally,” Ascani said.

Also included in the pep rally is a faculty performance that varies year to year.

“The theme of the faculty performance is a collaborative decision, and we exchange ideas to determine what routine will be done,” Ascani said.

This year’s performance by the faculty included them dancing to a wide selection of music.

In the end, the pep rally is held to motivate the student body.

“The purpose of the pep rally is to generate enthusiasm for the Turkey Day football game versus Northampton,” Ascani added.

Although the Rough Riders lost to the Konkrete Kids 46-19, this year’s pep rally surely did just that — ensuring the football team, student body, faculty and community were geared up for the big game.