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Bleacher Creatures take over the stands

Aaron Laube Jon jee Editor Published: March 19, 2012 10:14 AM
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The John Glenn student section is a difficult group to miss. The shirts that said Yes, were going to stand the whole game from past years still hold true, and on any given night, they might be a blinding neon patch in the stands or look strangely out of place in shirts and ties.

The other MVL schools have student groups of their own, but John Glenns is always the dominant feature in the tank. If were at home and its a big game, we will be louder and larger than anyone in the league, said senior Joey Ferguson.

Even at away games, the student section makes up a decent-sized crowd of dedicated fans. Our student section is a group of students that love to watch our boys play, be loud and to cheer them on and to have fun, explains senior Hayley Starcher.

They arent content to watch quietly from the sidelines either. The student section employs a variety of cheers, including their trademark roller coaster cheer, which is exactly what it sounds like. The support does not go unnoticed. You definitely feel the atmosphere it brings when theyre loud and cheering for you, said senior basketball player Jared Larson.

One of the more striking features of the student-run group is that they are always dressed for the nights theme. Some themes are designed with certain schools in mind. Like for Sheridan, we went opposite of what they really are with gangsta night and formal night, said senior Michael Leonard.

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Others, such as a maroon or black-out, have a broader use. Word of the themes travels through the school quickly, but the group also has a Facebook page where members can check for late changes and weigh in on potential themes for the upcoming game.

The page, and the student section itself, is led by Leonard. Trevor Basham and I and others make suggestions, but Michael makes the final decision [on themes], said senior Cody Corbett. This authority is passed down by student section leaders to rising seniors every year.

Each of the leaders has made contributions to the tradition of the group that most themes are based on. There are a couple new ones that a friend or I thought about, but for the most part, the themes are original, said Leonard. Im pretty sure we never did pajama night, nerd night, or formal night before this year.

One of the more popular themes this year was neon night. The senior class cashed in on this by selling neon Bleacher Creature t-shirts to raise money for the canned food drive. In total, the sale raised roughly $765 to buy cans as well as making one of the more varied themes look more uniform.

Now that the basketball season is over, Leonards last duty is to select his successor. To make it to the top, student section members have to be a loud person, creative, and able to keep the team confident, said Leonard. Even so, he has stated that he has someone in mind, although hes not releasing the name yet, so the student section seems likely to continue its tradition for years to come.

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