A Flashy Week
By RACHEL HOFFMAN and ALANNA LEVINE
Throughout Spirit Week of Fall 2013, Jericho High School was struck by two flash mobs.
The first event took place Tuesday, September 24 during eighth period. Two student council representatives asked the bustling student cafeteria for quiet, thereby prompting Jericho High School’s accapela group Noteworthy to break out into a medley of songs in support of Jasyn Hwang, a current junior who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Dedicated to her quick recovery, the performance showed the high school community’s support for her during her battle. The students in the club first sang hit song “Next To Me” by Emeli Sandé with junior Casandra Heah and senior Josephine Adefuye as featured soloists. During the next song, “Amazing Grace,” junior Gregory Chestler stole the hearts of the audience with his powerful solo.
The impromptu performance evoked emotional responses from many participants and viewers. “I was fighting back tears the whole time while performing,” said Rebekah Berger, a Noteworthy singer.
“It was truly amazing and sweet of them to do that for her,” said Makeala Corrente, a junior who is close friends with Jasyn.
The performance was concluded with a kiss sent from Gregory Chestler to the entire cafeteria.”We love you, Jasyn!” he said as his final statement.
The following day, during 5th period lunch, the Jericho Jayettes took the cafeteria by surprise when a flash mob broke out to Beyoncé’s “End Of Time.”
When the music came on, Jayette team members stood up and began to dance through the cafeteria. The routine was planned in order to excite students for the upcoming Homecoming weekend.
Junior Aaron Mairzadeh was in the cafeteria at the time of the flash mob. “It was really exciting and full of a lot of talent,” he said.
“I think it was very clever for the Jayettes to perform a flash mob,” said senior Alexa Deplas, who has friends on the team.
These two events helped increase students’ and faculty members’ already high excitement levels during the spirit-filled week.