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Local high schools to battle it out for the ultimate ‘Spirit Stick’ at HarborWalk Pep-Rally in Destin

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, HarborWalk Village is hosting another community pep-rally in celebration of the 2023-2024 school year and to kick-off football season.  Schools in attendance for the event […]

Last year’s Hype on the Harbor community pep-rally was a huge success. (School Board Member Tim Bryant)

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, HarborWalk Village is hosting another community pep-rally in celebration of the 2023-2024 school year and to kick-off football season. 

  • The second annual Hype on the Harbor will take place on the main stage in HarborWalk Village beginning at 5:00 PM. 
  • The pep rally is free and open to the public.

Schools in attendance for the event include:

  • Destin High School
  • Niceville High School
  • Crestview High School
  • Fort Walton Beach High School
  • Choctawhatchee High School
Niceville High School

New this year, each school will compete in a Spirit Stick Competition throughout the event, including a social media competition, canned food drive, spirit games, mascot performances, and more.

The school with the most hype will bring home a giant spirit stick and double the donation amount for their school.

Crestview High School

Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to cheer on the students and individual schools. Local harbor restaurants will be grilling out tailgate style.

“Last year’s Hype on the Harbor was a tremendous success, and I am excited to see our high schools share their school spirit and enthusiasm for the new school year,” stated Superintendent Marcus Chambers. “Community engagement is so important to the success of our schools, and we encourage everyone to come out and cheer on their favorite school. Our football players, cheerleaders, dancers, bandmembers, and other students will all be there to hype the Harbor! We are grateful to Harborwalk Village for hosting this fun event, and I can’t wait to see who wins the spirit stick!”

Niceville High School

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