The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

November 15, 2012

Schools hold joint assembly via live video chat

CONNEAUT — A first ever live video chat was held between Conneaut and Edgewood before the two football teams met on the field. The day after, the CHS girls showed off their football abilities on the field in a powder puff football game.

For the first time ever Conneaut High School and Edgewood Senior High School had a split pep assembly before the two football teams battled it out on the field on Oct. 19. The schools set up a projector and big screen to view the video chat between the two schools.

Ryan Oatman said, “I thought it was a unique experience, to say the least; it was interesting to witness their pep assembly while they got to witness ours.”

Each school took turns doing something to get the blood pumping. Conneaut’s band would play a song to show off their school spirit. In return, Edgewood’s band would get up and dance to their music. Throughout the assembly, each school was able to watch the band, students and cheerleaders get each other excited about the game.

“There was a huge screen with Edgewood on it; it was like double the pep!” Maria Perkio said.

Toward the end of the assembly as students were almost jumping out of their seats, a small chant started from the senior section. “Long train, long train.”

Lydia Coccitto started the chant with hopes of convincing Sean Smith, the band director, to play it. “I know how much the band loves to play that song. I also know how much the students love to hear it. That song is the key of getting everyone in the school pumped up and ready for the game,” Coccitto said.

Of course, when an entire student section is chanting the song title, Mr. Smith could not resist and allowed the band to start playing it. At this point, Conneaut High School’s gymnasium was filled with music, cheering, pride and excitement. If someone were not eager for the game to start, it was his or her own fault after experiencing this rousing pep rally. The band, cheerleaders, staff and students all became involved with the assembly by yelling, clapping and coming together as one united team of Conneaut High School.

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