On Friday, Nov. 1, High School Nation surprised Marjory Stoneman Douglas students with an impromptu pep rally during both A and B lunches.
High School Nation is a company that partners with other businesses in order to encourage school spirit in public schools, as well as advance their music, art and sports programs. HSN was also one of the corporations that sponsored the “Ultimate Prom” won by the MSD class of 2019.
The pep rally transpired after HSN contacted administrator Sandra Davis.
“They were in Miami-Dade doing some pep rallies in their public schools,” Davis said. “So when they contacted us and said they had an opening in their day on Friday, we did not want to miss out on that opportunity for our kids to be able to enjoy the music, giveaways and to pump up the vibe of the school.”
The rally consisted of tents, run by the various sponsors of the event. These companies, including PETA, Hollister, Truth, Full Sail and Shadow’s Edge, gave out free merchandise and samples of their products.
“I enjoyed receiving free stuff from the tents,” junior Jasmine Gola said. The people running them were all really nice and made sure we were having a lot of fun.”
Several local artists were featured during the rally, each performing with a live band, some with backup dancers. These five artists consisted of those scouted from the area or those who are touring with HSN.
Season 17 American Idol contestant Peach Martine was invited to come on tour with HSN and was the first artist to perform at the rally during A lunch.
“Music not only helps develop the brain but is also the best thing ever. It’s the best form of entertainment and is fun for everyone, especially shows like these,” Martine said.
Brazilian singer Gabby B performed her single, “Como Te Llamas,” during B lunch.
“I was super excited and nervous [for my performance]. We’re local too, so that’s even more exciting,” Gabby B said.
The students migrated all over the courtyard, visiting all the different booths and activities. Some students even danced in the middle of the setup or paraded around in their new merch.
“It was a nice change to a regular school day and I feel as if it really brought a fun energy to the atmosphere,” junior Melodie Vo said.
High School Nation will continue their tours all over the nation, surprising schools with fun and excitement.
“My favorite part of all of this is bringing a positive experience to high schools around the countries and seeing kids express themselves and have a good time,” High School Nation’s Director of Brand Partnerships Micheal Cantillon said.
Video by Darian Williams