DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 2, 2014

Londonderry High School has a lot of pep

LHS celebrates success at winter rally

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — It’s a ritual to celebrate the school’s teams and also put other student successes in the spotlight.

Londonderry High School hosted its latest pep rally with much fanfare. The event was aimed not only at the winter sports teams, but also students who are having success off the playing field.

That included a preview of the school’s upcoming Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign set for Jan. 10.

The annual Day of Giving brings students, staff and community members to the high school gym to have their hair cut to support cancer patients.

More than 160 people have already signed up to donate their hair that day.

Rally emcee and LHS English teacher Steve Juster introduced Myranda Brodsky, a member of the Class of 2013 who will be returning to her alma mater to have her head completely shaved for the Beautiful Lengths effort this month.

“She is donating all of her hair that day,” Juster said. “Her decision to raise awareness and funding has begun a journey.”

Brodsky said she hopes everyone seeing her with no hair will spark others to give.

“If we are going to end cancer in our lifetime, we are going to have to do some extraordinary things,” she said.

Other students will join Brodsky and cut their hair to honor family members battling cancer or someone else they know who has the disease.

This will be the eighth year for the event.

Other pep rally success stories included introducing all the winter boys and girls athletic teams, and also welcoming former LHS cheerleader Aly Smedly, now enjoying success as a New England Patriots cheerleader.