A weekly pep rally for Jesus

The MCHS fooball team gets into the MCHS homecoming pep rally.

For several years there had been no homecoming pep assembly at Moffat County High School. Apparently, the last assembly turned ugly when students started chanting inappropriate things and threatening other classes, so the administration decided to do away with the assembly until they deemed fit to try again.

In the spring of 2013 the Moffat County Booster Club and the football coaches approached MCHS administration and asked if the pep rally could make a return. The admins said that it could return, but only if the Booster Club organized it. During the planning process, booster members asked me (BRYL director David Pressgrove) to be the emcee and/or entertainment. I rallied MCHS senior Derek Maiolo to helpand we put together a little gig that involved two "pep-rally" coaches - Coach Gingersnap and Coach Hashtag. Kids and teachers had a blast and I received a lot of compliments.

In the end, thanks to a large amount of help from the Booster Club and the teachers and administration, we put on a fun, quick and entertaining event for the students. Afterward I had a booster club member ask me, "How is it that you came up with that stuff?" I thought about it for a moment and realized that entertaining teenagers is a huge part of what I do. I responded: "Well, I guess with my job, I'm kind of a professional pep-rally organizer. It's what I do for a living."

The truth is, every week during the school year, we put on three pep-rallies for kids. One for high schoolers on Monday night in Craig, the middle schoolers on Tuesday nights in Craig and then for high schoolers in Hayden on Wednesday night. The difference is that our YL pep rallies lift up the Gospel instead of school spirit. We intentionally funnel the energy to a grand finale of a message about Jesus. We're all about kids and we're all about Jesus... and at club nights, we're all about a pep-rally for Jesus. 

-David Pressgrove

BRYL Area Director.


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