Dear Ray Manus

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Dear Ray Manus,

 

Under the blanket of darkness, it is the safety of your brightly lit lights that leads our school to victory. Watching the flour go up in the air at kickoff, hearing the excited cheers from the stands, seeing the student sections dressed up in their spirit gear and listening to the announcer update the game are some of the best parts of your Friday Night Lights. These nights have been a big part of our lives for the past four years and seeing it go so soon is bittersweet.

As we part ways to begin our own journey, we are overwhelmed with a feeling of sadness, but are thankful for the time we got to spend with you. Before we must leave, some of your dedicated cheerleaders have some words about what they’ll miss the most about Friday Night Lights…

Varsity cheerleaders pose for one of their very first games of their very last season as a Roswell Hornet. Most cheerleaders pictured are seniors and will be bidding farewell to Ray Manus stadium very soon. Photo Credit: Catelyn Butler

“Seeing everyone get excited when the band plays House Quake. Watching the crowd, cheerleaders, and band getting involved in cheering for their team together is quite special.” – Laurel Kessinger

 

“I’m going to miss goofing off on the sidelines and leading people in the cheers.” – Briley Kirn

 

“Seeing the flour go up in the air during the flour toss is one of the moments I’ll miss the most. I will also miss chanting ‘Everywhere We Go’ after scoring a touchdown and calling victory after winning.” – Catelyn Butler

 

“I’ll miss watching the fans get excited.” – Jordan Beech

 

“What I’ll miss the most is the whole experience in itself. From waking up at the crack of dawn to read to elementary school kids, to rushing to get ready for the game, and then yelling the ‘Everywhere We Go’ chant after a touchdown is an incomparable experience that I will never forget.” – Madison Rose

 

I’m really going to miss the energy of Friday nights when we play really well and everyone in the crowd cheers along.” – Mattie Wilson

 

“Amazing memories, friendships and a lot of great football have been my constant for the past seven years. I have appreciated every moment whther win or lose during the season. It will be a strange feeling waking up in the morning knowing this is no longer a part of my life. However, I will take my time here and everything I’ve learned with me for the rest of my life.”  – Grace Holben

Seeing everyone get excited when the band plays House Quake. Watching the crowd, cheerleaders, and band getting involved in cheering for their team together is quite special”

— Laurel Kessinger

 

Ray, thank you for providing the student body with happiness and excitement on Friday nights. Thank you for being the one that brought everyone together to show us the real meaning of school spirit. Thank you for being the light in the darkness. Thank you for being our Friday Night Lights. Wherever this new chapter in our life takes us, we will always remember the love you gave us these past four years.