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The annual hoopla connection week started on Monday with an exciting black light rally event as many clubs and performances were presented to the students at Tracy High School.  

After school the main gym was flooded with students entering the event, only being able to see the UV black lights shining in the dark room 

The leadership class greeted students at the main entrance bringing an enlightening mood to get the rally started.  

The black light rally was full of flashing neon lights, engaging games for each class, loud cheering from the crowd, baton twirling and club performances. 

The rally started off with Emma Sawin, junior baton twirler, presenting her neon lights baton to get the crowd up and going.  

Students cheered and gasped as they watched the batons move throughout the dark room. 

According to senior Blen Beyene, it was a unique experience that she’d never seen before, sharing that she never attended school events prior to her senior year. 

“I rarely attended these types of things, but this rally is actually cool, so it was worth it,Beyene continued. “Especially for senior year.” 

Freshman Derrick Edelman said it was fun to see so many students dressed in school spirit and engaging in the crowd.

According to senior Ariana Rodriguez, all the performances were amazing, especially the API performance.

Yeah, I liked all the performances, like API, I liked that one the best, everyone was cheering so loud,” Rodriguez said. 

The students cheered and clapped for club performances, showing their appreciation for the hard work club members had sacrificed their time for.  

“When we first ran in to perform, just hearing the cheers immediately took the nerves away,” Taylor Fuentes concluded as a member of the API club.   

The hoopla black light rally was one to remember, as students left bringing with them their appreciation for events like this at Tracy High School. 


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Francesca Rodriguez
Francesca Rodriguez is a 16-year-old senior at Tracy High School. She was born in Quezon City, Philippines and moved to the United States when she was two years old. Rodriguez grew up in Livermore, California until she moved to Tracy in 2021. She has a family of six. Rodriguez’s older sister is currently attending East Bay University and her younger brother is a freshman at Tracy High School. Rodriguez has a twin brother who is a senior at Tracy High School. At a young age, she aspired to be an Olympic gymnast but growing up, she realized she was more interested in nursing and helping others. Rodriguez enjoys watching movies, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family. This is her first experience in journalism. She is looking forward to writing about things she’s interested in doing moving forward. 

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