OP-ED: Nogales’ First Virtual Fall Rally


Melanie Mendez-Perez, Senior

On the 17th of September, Nogales had its first rally of the year. This rally was not in the gym like usual, but done virtually because of the high number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. Students had the opportunity to watch the rally in their fourth period on the Promethean boards.

Considering the circumstances, the 2021 fall rally was not as bad as everyone thought it was going to be. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s rally was not in the gym or in-person. The rally was viewed virtually during fourth period and later uploaded on YouTube. 

Robert Malanche, senior, thought it was odd not being in the gym amongst his classmates watching the rally: “I think it was weird. It would have been more of a hype if it was in the gym, and we were surrounded by everyone else from school rather than sitting in a classroom.”

There could have been a few adjustments that might have made the rally better. Besides the low quality of the footage itself, the participants didn’t really seem enthusiastic playing the games.

On the other hand, senior Reymundo Campos liked the activities: “I enjoyed watching the games that were played, but I really disliked the music that they had on.”

Overall, the first virtual rally displayed the tough but necessary adjustments being done due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resilience to pull this whole event together.