After a two year pause, Mustang Rally returned in a big way last Friday, April 29. Mount Vernon’s all-day, all-fun, all-school celebration of spirit and community was another major highlight in MV’s 50th year! It was a celebration full of old and new traditions. 

The day began with the student parade led by Renegade and his Royal Court voted on by students and families. The members of the 2022 Royal Court were: Middle School’s Max Hanson and Deairra Hobson, Lower School’s David Ayers, Upper School’s Sharveace Cameron and Preschool’s Ashley Tabor.

As each grade passed under the balloon arch they were announced by Clark Taylor as they headed to the turf field on the upper campus. Confetti flew, music played and the community cheered.

Students assembled on the field, as Dr. Jacobsen officially welcomed the community with opening remarks. “On April 17, 2011 we held our very first Mustang Rally on this very field, because of the last two years and the interruption this actually makes this Mustang Rally our 10th moment together. A lot has changed since then. In 2011 we had 739 students on this field and 52 seniors (the largest senior class the school had ever experienced). In 2022 we have over 1200 students at Mount Vernon and 116 seniors representing the class of 22 which we are proud of today.”

Hunter Reese Giardino (Grade 8) and Hadley Ryan Giardino (Grade 3) led the Opening Prayer, Gunnar Ehrlich (Grade 5), Isla Ehrlich (Grade 3) and Piper Ehrlich (Kindergarten) led the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem was sung by Alice Parker (Grade 7) to get the Rally officially underway

A highlight of the field games was the Alpha/Omega Piggy-Back Race. The Yellow team (made up of the Freshmen, Grade 7, Grade 4 and PK3) won the color war. The Tug of war this year was fierce with the sophomores upsetting the seniors, then the juniors and going on to beat the Faculty/staff.

A family picnic and an over-the-top carnival that included rides, slides, games, face painting, bull riding and a petting zoo, and so much more – not to mention a silent auction which raised over $38,000 with a variety of school related opportunities and experiences rounded out the day.

Funds raised at the Rally specifically benefit student programming, making an impact on every Mustang’s experience.

By all accounts this year’s Mustang Rally was one of the best ever. Rally Chairs Marci Ehrlich and Ashley Giardino, along with their team of 100+ volunteers, planned and executed the entire event. A big thank you goes out to the 188 corporate and family sponsors and the entire community for supporting Mount Vernon’s most fun fundraising event of the year!