Written by Isabella Tsai
Photo by Helena Fu
SPHS kicked off the new school year with the annual SAC Assembly on Friday, August 25, welcoming back new and returning students. Commissioner of Assemblies Anders Keith led the festivities and ASB members in a series of videos and sketches to promote school spirit and encourage students to purchase a SAC Card (Student Activities Card).
The Marching Band opened the assembly up with a performance of the national anthem. After a video introducing this year’s commissioners and class officers, ASB took the stage with a dance performance to hits including Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and “Congratulations” by Post Malone.
Keith’s background in musical theater brought new life to the assembly’s traditional roll call, which he performed in the form of a song. Another video gave the audience an inside look into Copa De Oro, SPHS’ yearbook publication, encouraging students to purchase their own copy so that they wouldn’t be “empty-handed in June.”
Principal Janet Anderson took to the stage to welcome students into the new year. She also introduced several of the new faces of faculty on campus including Jane Chong (Biology), Elizabeth Pierson (AP Biology), Eef Van Irsel (Woodworking), Erin Kanner (French and Spanish), and Rama Kadri (AP Literature and English 9). Anderson was joined on stage by Janet Wichman, who has stepped into the role of Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction and Guidance and David Speck, the new Assistant Principal of Student Services.
Keith enlisted other ASB members in a skit promoting the Icebreaker dance. A second sketch, entitled the “SAC-HELOR” was a spoof of the Bachelor, with junior class president Abbie Lukavsky and freshman class treasurer Oliver Lee competing for the heart of SAC. Ultimately, SAC chose everyone, encouraging students to purchase a SAC to access discounted prices on dances, football games, and more.
“I feel [the assembly] went well. There were mistakes, but that is to be expected. I personally could tell it was a benefit to have a live skit in the show,” Keith said, “I would also like to take this time to credit Adam Fagenson who wrote the music to my lyrics in the opening song.”
More coverage of this event will appear in the September 8 print edition of Tiger.
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