The Spirit of Community Shines Bright at Alvirne
October 5, 2018
courtesy of Jake Apitz, AHS, Class of 2019
On Friday, Sept. 28, Alvirne High School’s student body flooded the gym. Freshmen experienced their first taste of school spirit while the seniors, dressed up in their senior apparel, chanted the infamous freshmen chant. Games ensued and songs were sung; however, there was a very special meaning to the pep rally that no one expected. Halfway through the activities, the principal, Steve Beals, brought Tyler Blanchette to the floor.
Tyler is a junior at Alvirne High School; he was diagnosed with cancer. He takes night classes so that he can continue his education during his treatments. During the pep rally, Beals and the rest of the student body chanted and cheered for Tyler. It truly embodied Alvirne’s core value of community. Social media posts followed shortly after the assembly, all sending prayers, and wishing him luck.
The festivities didn’t stop at the pep rally. That same night, Alvirne had a home game against Sanborn. Throughout the excellent playing, amazing cheering, and exquisite music from the marching band and drumline, members of the Student Athletic Leadership Council roamed the stands, asking for donations for Tyler.
The game’s final score was an overwhelming win for Alvirne 57-14! The win was well deserved on their part; however, the Friday night lights shined extra bright with the spirit of community that Tyler continued to bring every single day.