BY SOPHIE LEWIS
Every year on the day of the homecoming game, Rose has a pep rally. Usually Rose does the same thing. The cheerleaders perform and, sometimes the teachers do as well. But this year is different. This year they tried something new.
This year at the homecoming pep rally there was a rap group that performed. The group is called TeamVisionary. This group of guys was asked by Mr. Leach to perform a song.
“It’s this song we made up for the Rose vs. Conley homecoming game,” junior Robert Tillery said.
Tillery is one of the people who performed at the pep rally, singing the chorus and helping in the production of the song.
Though the group was only given a topic, a goal and no other guidelines, they had to go through a screening process to make sure the song was appropriate. This process occurred over the week leading up to the pep rally.
Sophomore Stevares Pendergrast is another one of the singers and also a rapper who was involved at the pep rally.
“It was kind of difficult to make something a little cleaner than my taste, but then again it was kind of easy,” Pendergrast said.
Junior Bein Means had a different view than Pendergrast about the screening process.
“We had to change a bunch of the lyrics to make them cleaner,” Means said.
His reasoning for their performance was simple.
“We are Rose,” Pendergrast said. “We have to do something to get everyone hyped for the Conley game.”
The leader of TeamVisionary, junior Jabari Barrett, thought that having something different at the pep rally would get everyone excited about the game.
“We are trendsetters,” Barrett said. “All the other schools like Conley and South Central are going to start doing this.”
This is something completely new that Rose has not done before. Tillery believes he and his group make this into more than a one time thing.
“I think this will leave a good impact on students being able to get out there and share their talents in the future,” Tillery said.
The group is hopeful that their performance left a positive mark on the teachers and the students of Rose, so that this kind of performance can continue.
“I’m hoping this will continue, and that it gets easier since it was [a bit hard for us],” Means said.
Pendergrast is sure this is something that will catch everyone’s attention.
“I think people will be really interested in this since its new and fun,” Pendergrast said. “They’ll probably want to copy us.”
TeamVisionary hopes that the “chain reaction” they have started will spread not only through Rose but to other schools as well. They were glad to be a part of it and spread a new idea.