The morning of September 25th was the first of day of this year’s Homecoming week. Redwood kicked it off with a rally, which was organized and put on by Redwood’s Rally Commissioner Colin Watamura, ‘19.
Watamura gave the Gigantea some insight on the stressful process of being the schools Rally Commissioner and the development of what goes on before and after a rally.
This year ASB started a tradition to set up all decorations the night before, so that when they come in they are able to focus all their time on lighting, scripts, and final details.
The day officially started around 10:00 a.m. for Watamura, as he started talking to Freestyle Entertainment to figure out where to stage the lighting and the run through of mic checks.
Around 11:00 a.m. students start to roll in waiting for Watamura to give them assignments and directions with specific job titles that go along with the rally games.
He’s always prepared for if students are missing or something breaks. He came across a really tough obstacle with the main rally posters hanging in the center of the gym. ASB had ordered a scissor lift, but miscommunication left ASB without one. Watamura ended up having to do his plan B.
At noon, Watamura made sure all the rally performers were aware of what’s going on and where they needed to be. As the performers set up, other crucial information is given out about decorations and scheduling.
Around 12:20 p.m., the ASB team meets as whole to answer and solve any last minute questions or problems. As soon as they’re done meeting, they open up the gym doors to begin the rally.
Crowd control was a minor issue with fitting every single student in the gym with the help of administration and ASB. At last the rally begins at 12:30 p.m. and Watamura is on top of his game to answer any final question to ensure a smooth rally for his school. At 1:05 p.m., the rally wraps up, and ASB begins to clean up the rally. The Homecoming Rally is officially over, and the rest of Homecoming festivities begin.
Watamura’s ability to stay calm and collected during one of his first major rallies shows how efficient and prepared for the job he was.