The Pep Squad’s Victory

The Newport Harbor Pep Squad show their spirit at sports events, perform at school rallies, and endure rigorous practices everyday. But when they aren't cheering on campus, they are competing in competitions. Early this December, they attended a SHARP cheerleading competition at Alta Loma High School where they took first place overall! Varsity Cheer, Varsity Song, and Varsity Baton won first in their division and the JV Cheer team took second! They represented NHHS with their difficult stunts, tumbling, and dance routines! Because they scored so high, they will be attending a Las Vegas competition in the Spring! Way to go Sailors!
 

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Marching to a New Beat

 DSC_0227-1Whether they’re playing their music in the stands at pep rallies, marching across Davidson’s field during half time at football games, or just practicing early in the morning, band is always entertaining the students and staff of NHHS! Just recently they took first place at one of their competitions because they never look anything less than professional and are always on time and in step while doing so. I had the chance of having an exclusive interview with some current band members and learned just how much work goes into their performances and what it felt like it seeing their hard work pay off. Senior and drum major, Natalia Tortorello says that “[they] practice everyday from seven to eight2015_MiraCosta_VS_232-150x150 in the morning and on Monday nights from six to nine” and that it’s “a lot of commitment”. She thinks that “football games are a lot of fun, because [the band] gets to relax and play pep songs” and that it gives them a break from their busy practice schedule. Besides showing their spirit at sports events, band’s recent win at competition made Natalia proud in succeeding “under [her] leadership” alongside Senior and drum major, Henry Lopez who claimed that “it was honestly, the most beautiful feeling” he had ever experienced and that “[he] almost cried at the award ceremony”. Both drum majors want “to gain better leadership skills and experiences” as well as 2015_MiraCosta_VS_207-150x150learn how “to lead a group many different individuals” to their best ability as the year progresses. As football season comes to a close, band will continue to compete during their concert season and wow everyone who watches!  

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