Kindergarten students and seniors alike clapped and stomped their feet during the All School Pep Rally, Oct. 24. The pep rally brought together the lower, middle and upper school divisions with cheers and chants to get ready for the Kinkaid game.
“Playing varsity football this year has been a great experience for me,” sophomore Cade Luedde said. “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for; it’s something I’ve been looking forward to since first grade.”
After a skit, varsity cheerleaders entered the field in a light blue Mini-Cooper decorated as a clown car to begin their cheers, which included the V-I-C-T-O-R-Y cheer, boom pyramid and “Mavericks Are We” cheers.
“I loved being a real part of the pep rally for the first time,” freshman Junior Varsity Cheerleader Abigail Moorhead said. “ We practiced our routine so many times, and I’m glad to know it finally paid off.”
Losing is difficult. And I’m sure that all of us, whether in the stands, on the sidelines or on the field, couldn’t help but feel disappointed as we watched the clock count down the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the score 35-15, Kinkaid. But I publish this now as a reminder that winning is far from everything. As trite as that statement may sound, it’s true.
To be honest, I never really felt the spirit of Kinkaid Week until this year. In past years, Kinkaid Week meant seeing people dress up in gaudy gold and purple clothes and camouflage gear, going to pep rallies and having shorter class periods as a result. But as I cheered with the Maverick Guard at the All-School Pep Rally, arms linked, screaming our hearts out to the Victory cheer, it finally hit home. This was our senior year. Our last Kinkaid Week. This year, my classmates would be the ones starring in the Kinkaid video, the ones leading the cheers, the ones screaming the loudest, the ones on the field. And never have I been prouder to be a Maverick.
So when you watch these videos, remember the days leading up to the game, from the cloisters-turned-circus hallways to the uncontrollable spirit at the pep rallies. Here’s to everyone who made this year’s Kinkaid Week so incredible: to Spirit Club, to the cheerleaders, to the makers of the Kinkaid video, to Drum Corps, to everyone who cheered their hearts out on the stands, to the football players who gave it their all on the field.
To quote former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi: “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.” So chin up, Mavs, because if it’s will to win, we had miles of it. We are excellent, and nothing can overshadow the pride we felt when Carl Bernicker picked off the Falcons’ first pass, allowing the team to drive the ball into the end zone and, in a brilliant two-point conversion, take us to 8-0 just six minutes into the game; when the Maverick defense sacked the Kinkaid quarterback, JT Granato, and forced a Falcon kick; when Jim Mace returned the punt for 28 yards; when Wes Wallace ran for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Standing in the crowd as we watched the football players battle on the field, in the final culmination of the overwhelming spirit of the week, we felt loud. We felt proud. And no losing score will ever take that away from us. Maverick pride. Not without honor.