By Shaquesha Hudson, Features Editor

October 4, 2013, was a huge night for the Raiders. It was Homecoming for the football team, who played and defeated North Central High School. Seniors Qiuyana Wright and Samuel Harmon were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. The stands were jam-packed at Bolden Stadium. But what would Homecoming be without a pep rally, led by Sophomores Brannon Goddard and Tyrieck Davis-Newton?

“I liked doing the pep rally because it was a good experience and I had fun,” Goddard said.

There’s no denying the Raiders were ‘turned’ up. But of course, there were a few limitations to the hype men Goddard and Davis.

“No profanity. Don’t let anyone else touch the mic, and keep the crowd hype[d],” Coach Dameon Franklin, Athletic Director, said.

So what does it take to keep a crowd of teenage students hyped?

“You have to interact with the crowd and keep everybody involved. I think Scooter [Davis-Newton] and Brannon did a good job with the jokes, and they should do the next pep rally,” Junior Sahidah Knight said.

With true support from their peers, the Raiders were able to be victorious. What does it take to pull off a successful pep rally? Continue traditions that have already been started but add to the traditions for variety.  For example, a Spirit Contest, Class Chant Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Teacher-Student Basketball game and good hype men.