Battles of the sexes

On April 30, Downey High School’s ASB and Stop the Traffick club organize a Battle of the Sexes night rally to fundraise for sex trafficking awareness and introduce spring sports teams. The man-leaders performed a routine along side the cheerleaders in order to see which sex dominated the cheer game.

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

The week of the night rally students were encouraged to participate in the Versus spirit week by dressing up each day. Each day was a different versus theme. The days included cowboys versus Indians, super heroes versus villains, 50s versus 70s, blue versus pink and Viking Pride Day.

Junior, and ASB Pep and Spirit Commissioner, Rebecca Cardenas explained she wanted this week to stand out from other spirit weeks.

“I liked this spirit week because it was different than the others,” Cardenas said. “We really wanted to try something new and get the students excited about something new so they would want to get involved.”

Students attended the gym on Thursday night in either pink or blue to support the sex of their choice. The rally included games such as a donut-eating contest, a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippo, a balloon popping contest and a heel race.

Senior Dylan Moreno participated in the giant tic-tac-toe game, which required each team to compete against each other in a game of tic-tac-toe on the gym floor in relay race form. Students were require to walk to the center of the gym, put down their “x” or “o” in the desired spot and return to their team to tag the next player, all while resisting the urge to run.

“The tic-tac-toe game was my favorite,” Moreno said. “The rules and regulation made it a lot more fun.”

At the end of the night, the girls had won more games overall than the boys which meant they took home the title of Best Sex.

Many students enjoyed the uniqueness of the night rally versus the regular rallies held during school. Since the rally was not only held at night, but also had a theme, it drew more students in and created an exciting environment for that night.

Senior Emilie Botello explained this was her favorite rally of all and wishes she could go to more of them.

“It was one of the best rallies I’ve been to,” Botello said. “I would’ve liked to have a night rally before. It should definitely become a tradition.”

With the success of the very first Battle of the Sexes night rally, the Associated Student Body is already planning to have another night rally next spring in hopes of drawing a larger crowd and more participants.