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Seniors reach the finish line at their last rally

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David Jung
Seniors were honored in the final rally of the school year by walking through a tunnel of cheering staff. Many seniors felt emotional, but excited as they attended their last rally of high school.

The music echoed in the gym while students entered into the “Cars” themed academic rally. After all classes were sat, a noticeable empty section was missing: the seniors. Suddenly, all teachers flooded the gym floor, creating a tunnel with yellow pom poms, yellow being the Class of 2024’s color. With a transition to upbeat and nostalgic music, seniors walked through the gym, surrounded by teachers cheering them on. The final rally of the 2023-2024 school year had just begun. On Friday, April 19, the academic accomplishments of students were celebrated, along with the seniors’ four years of achievement. 

“I thought the rally was very memorable, especially as my last rally due to all the small details put into making it special for the seniors,” Winston Wu (12) said. “One of the things they did to commemorate the seniors was the senior walk between all the teachers which was a sad, but memorable experience as I got to see many of my past teachers.”

Given that this rally would be the Class of 2024’s last rally in their high school career, the United Student Body (USB) class made efforts to honor the seniors. Seniors were instructed to enter the rally through the back doors of the gym after the rally had already begun. They were greeted by cheers from respective classes and teachers, as well as a bleacher section filled with gold balloons. 

“We brought back senior tribute in hopes of creating a special moment for seniors, something we haven’t done since before COVID,” Assemblies and Rallies Commissioner Marian Lin (11) said. 

The rally officially began with MCs, Mrs. Jacqueline Saiid as Lightning McQueen and Mrs. Brielle Novy as Mater, introducing themselves. 

Wrestling team was called up to the stage following introductions. Although the rally mainly consisted of academic recognition, the wrestling team who won league championships were honored for their accomplishments. 

Staff recognition was also included in the rally. Mrs. Cindy Seebalac won the Golden Bell award for her contributions to the school. 

Additionally, all grades participated in the class competition. The Class of 2027’s performance was a dance including various teachers who wore inflatables, along with freshmen who were decked out in their pink class color. Similarly, the Class of 2026 also performed a group dance that ended with dancers lifting up a purple bandana, resulting in a roar of cheers from the sophomores. Two juniors sang a musical duet to represent the Class of 2025. While one student played the guitar, the other sang along; the gym was filled with flashlights from students taking in the last moments of the rally. The Class of 2024’s band concluded the class competition. With their energetic performance, the band received many cheers from audience members. 

“Class competitions are important because they promote school and class spirit, while also being able to show individual talents and skills,” Class of 2025 performer Terran Chu (11) said. “They also encourage friendly competitions between classes.”

To continue the competition between classes, each grade sent up a representative to the gym floor for “Red Light, Green Light.” The juniors won first place after two rounds. 

Valedictorians, Stephen Hung and Lukas Cao, and Salutatorian Aiden Choe are recognized during their last rally as seniors. (David Jung)

Throughout the rally, each classes’ top 10 were also recognized. During the senior top 10 announcements, Stephen Hung and Lukas Cao were officially announced valedictorians, and Aiden Choe was announced salutatorian. 

The Bulldog Spell-Out competition between classes concluded the last rally of the school year. The seniors proudly cheered their final spell-out, winning the competition. The rally ended on a special note with all students and staff in the gym chanting “2024! 2024! 2024!” for the graduating class. 

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Jiaying Hou
Jiaying Hou, Assistant News Editor
Jiaying Hou (11) is a reporter for The Bulldog Times, and this is her first year on staff. Jiaying hopes to bring forward unique students at Ayala and tell their stories. This year, she is excited to work with other passionate writers and be more involved in school culture. In addition to being a reporter, she is also part of Cancer Awareness Club, ANEA Club, STEAM for Kids, and Leo Club. Outside of school, she is a ballet dancer and enjoys playing both the saxophone and piano. She also loves traveling, playing with her dog, watching documentaries, and replicating her mom’s cooking recipes.
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David Jung, Staff Member
David Jung (10) is a writer for the Bulldog Times, and this is his 1st year on staff. David hopes to write articles for future members to read and for them to write stories that will surpass his own. He looks forward to seeing how the process will work out and seeing all members in action. He is also part of the Ayala Tennis team, being in J.V . In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, listening to music, making model kits, reading all kinds of books, eating many sweets, and taking good naps (if he can in the first place).
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