The field turned to stage and the stands to seats as cheerleaders and football players took the VST stage rather than the field for the Upper School Pep Rally, Oct. 25.
“I felt even more excited for the football game,” freshman Miranda Allegar said.
The Drum Corps kicked off the occasion with heart-pounding arrangements they had practiced over the year.
“We really trained a lot for this, so it felt rewarding to perform,” freshman Caroline Witten said.
Afterwards, seniors Sarah Gow and Cameron Hull thanked the Student Affairs Council, Maverick Guard, and Spirit Club members for their dedication before the cheerleaders took the stage. The girls sported neon tanks in red, yellow and blue for their performance choreographed by captains Mary Ellison and Meg Bres.
“Mary and I choreographed for about two hours a day for two weeks after school,” Bres said. “David Ziemnicki also helped us so much with the lights and design onstage.”
The Kinkaid Video, directed by senior William Mercado and starring senior football captains Wes Wallace, Wain Wanguri, Risher Randall and Carl Bernicker, played for the rest of the pep rally.
“The video was a ton of fun,” Bernicker said. “We just really hope everyone thought it was funny.”
The captains experienced mishap after mishap, including living in eternal opposite day, being kidnapped by David Gow (’81), father of senior Sarah Gow and seventh grade student Wesley Gow, and time traveling.
“There were a few references to past pep rally videos that usually only seniors could catch, which gave a nostalgic feeling,” senior Zack Lee said. “The videos really stick to a tradition.”
The football captains concluded the pep rally with thanks to the filmmakers, cheer team, Drum Corps and Spirit Club for their orchestrated efforts to make Kinkaid week successful.
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.