rally kicks off GPISD school year
........ A helicopter, motorcycles, cheerleaders,
drill teams, six bands and a fireworks show were just some of the highlights
during the Galena Park ISD back-to-school pep rally.
........ Nearly 4,000 people turned out to
celebrate the start of the 2002-2003 school year, which was held at the
newly completed GPISD athletic stadium.
........ Dressed in costumes and chanting
in unison, the teachers and staff members from each school paraded into
the stadium. A brief rain shower caused a few delays, but the rain could
not drown the excitement in the air.
........ The pep rally began as Dr. Shirley
Neeley, superintendent of schools, waved to the crowd from a helicopter.
As the crowd roared, Neeley landed nearby, hopped on her motorcycle and
made a few laps around the stadium.
........ "We've got spirit, yes we do.
We've got spirit, how 'bout you?" Neeley cheered and introduced several
honored guests and community leaders.
........ Four middle school bands, the Band
of Gold and the Sound of Thunder played as the Jacketeers and Scarlets
performed together for the first time in history. The varsity cheerleaders
from Galena Park High and the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders
from North Shore High took turns energizing the crowd in preparation for
Neeley's words of inspiration.
........ Neeley praised the hard work and
devoted efforts put forth by the teachers and staff in Galena Park ISD.
"We feel it's important to have a big celebration to kick-off the
year and let everyone know that great things are happening in our schools,"
........ GPISD school board president Wayne
Oquin said the pep rally was an opportunity to unite and show support
for our employees, students and the community. "Our facilities alone
are just structures, but when you fill them with teams, coaches, students,
teachers and community members they become something much more important
in the lives of our children."
........ Special awards were announced in
a variety of categories. The best-dressed group went to Galena Park High.
Cloverleaf Elementary received the most spirited award. The most original
group was awarded to Cunningham Middle School. The best entrance by a
principal went to Paul Drexler of North Shore Middle School.
........ The rally ended with a patriotic
video, which focused on the importance of education and the freedom we
enjoy as Americans. The video also emphasized the district's theme for
the 2002-2003 school year, which is Galena Park ISD
Serving Our Nation
Through Education." A fireworks show topped off the celebration.
........ As the students get set to return
to class, Wanna Giacona, principal, Galena Park Elementary, summed up
the event. "The back-to-school pep rally set the tone for the coming
school year," Giacona said. "After tonight, our teachers and
staff members are motivated, inspired and we're ready to have an exemplary
GPISD BACK-TO-SCHOOL PEP
Administrators, teachers, staff, students and community members kicked
off the 2002-2003 school year with a back-to-school pep rally. Awards
were given in several "best of" categories. From left, Wayne
Oquin, board president; Paul Drexler, principal, North Shore Middle, best
entrance by a principal; Marsha Masi, principal, Galena Park High, best
dressed group; John Moore, principal, Cunningham Elementary, most original
group; Ofelia Garza, principal, Cloverleaf Elementary; Cloverleaf bear
mascot; C.C. "Buddy" Wilson, board vice president. Kneeling,
Claudia Macias, assistant principal, Cloverleaf Elementary; Lee Brown,
assistant principal, Cloverleaf Elementary.