Week Culminates in Friday Rally
Battle of the Sexes week ended on Friday, May 2 with a school-wide rally. Instead of the usual seating according to classes, the bleachers were separated according to gender.
“I thought that the rally was pretty good, especially compared to past ones this year,” senior Lena Yen said. “It seemed to get more people hyped up and excited not only during the week’s activities, but also during the actual rally.”
The rally was made possible by the members of ASB.
“Monica Cordova and Aranya Tara were in charge of planning and executing the rally,” ASB Club Commissioner and senior Michelle Ma said. “And of course our MC’s helped out too.”
The rally had a dance-off between some male and female teachers, as well as a rendition of the national anthem..
“This was my first time to perform in a rally, and I was definitely excited to perform,” senior Varshini Parthsarathy said. “I enjoyed the rally, and I thought the contests were fun to watch.”
Also included was a girls versus boys dance performed by Creator’s University and a game where students had to lick Oreos and Nutella off a glass plate.
“I liked the contests, like the obstacle course and the tug-of-war,” junior Clement Ng said. “Maybe some newer dances and activities would be nice, since we’ve seen some of these games before, but I understand the importance of tradition.”
Despite some desire for newer games, it seemed that ASB had already filled this rally with many different activities for the student body to enjoy.
“We did run later than expected because a lot of time was lost during transitions and finding volunteers for games,” Ma said. “For the most part though, it was a good rally. The games and activities were interesting and it seems like the crowd really enjoyed it too!”
Students appreciated the effort and mission that Battle of the Sexes has, although some feel ASB may want to consider some changes for next year.
“Battle of the Sexes is a great way for our student body to be spirited and come together, but it also does pose problems by forcing students to identify with gender binarism,” Parthsarathy said. “In the future, there should be participation options for students who do not identify as solely male or female.”
For now, ASB is planning on holding Battle of the Sexes again next year.
“We decided to have Battle of the Sexes this year because it is a really fun, spirited week that gives people a chance to dress up and compete in fun games,” Ma said. “We just had to make sure to execute this week in a manner that was respectful and considerate of everyone at American High School. We plan on continuing it next year with even better ideas to improve this week.”