The Malden High School Step team stepped up their game during Malden High School’s annual pep rally on Nov. 25, 2015. The Step Team is one of MHS’s most popular clubs. Sophomore Carla Rosales-Mcfarlane stated that, “The beginning of the year was shaky...the girls really pulled it together when [they] needed to right before pep rally.” She continued, “[They] were practicing after school for about two or three hours every day for two weeks before the pep rally.”
It came as no surprise the step team’s electrifying performance at the pep rally left people excited to see what was next for the team. Pep Rally was fun for the team as they loved the energy of the crowd. They also enjoyed that the audience was attentive to their performance.The team is making another appearance at the annual Junior Varieties show and MHS is in anticipation to see what else the team has to offer. Senior Amanda Pierre described their performance at Junior Varieties last year as a “nice way to end off the step season especially for the seniors who were graduating.”
Because the step team is a popular act at Junior Varieties, the team strives to succeed and prepare as much as possible. Pierre stated that “[they] are taking a break before [they] begin to prepare a new routine for Junior Varieties.”
The time and effort put into the team has brought the team closer together. When talking about the seniors, Rosales-Mcfarlane expressed that, “Amanda, Hadinna, Molvitah, Mona, and Marley really were the glue of the team. Marley ran practices for a while after tryouts and played a big part in helping [them] learn the routines.” She also explained that the seniors’ constructive criticism helped to improve the team and did not discourage the members.
The seniors are in agreement that they will miss spending time with the rest of the members next year. Pierre loves the team because of the “sense of camaraderie that [they] have [and] feels like [they] are a family”. To any students in the future that want to try out for the team, they are welcomed with open arms. Pierre offers these words of advice, “Always go home and practice and never give up when learning a new step”. Overall the seniors on the team will be missed dearly next year, but everyone is looking forward to their performance at Junior Varieties and what is to come for next year.