SoCal Student Section of the Week for Week 3: Villa Park Black Pack

We are starting to notice a theme here.


Every student section that has won the So Cal Student Section of the week has some type of blue as their school colors.


If you are superstitious, maybe it’s time for your student section to change school colors to blue. That might be extreme.


You could do what another student section did and almost end the streak. It almost happen with over 3,000 votes, but we are staying in the blue.


Let’s see how the So Cal nominees did this past weekend.


The Newbury Park Panther Pit came in huge in the Panthers victory over Ventura. A sea of black and yellow and came in hard to protect this house. The Panther Pit represented the Los Angeles region.


The Stampede of La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad made a stance and made some noise as well in the Mavericks victory over El Camino of Oceanside.


The Stampede wore orange to acknowledge bully prevention. Well done Stampede. If the shirts weren’t enough, the orange baby powder was a nice help. The Stampede was in full force and loud the entire night and that is why they came here representing the San Diego region.


It was a tough loss for Etiwanda against Oak Hills of Hesperia, but the Red Zone took a student section dub. The Red Zone was loud and full of Eagles school spirit. It was an easy choice to pick the Red Zone as the Inland Empire region.


The Red Zone had a huge battle in our So Cal Student Section of the week voting poll. They fell two percent short to the Orange County region representative.


The Villa Park Black Pack went into their time machine and went to the 80s with their neon outfits and light sabers. The Black Pack went back a decade during the game to the 70s with a fantastic version of the Village People. The large student section, loud cheers, school spirit and teamwork helped the Black Pack and that is why they’re the Southern California Student Section of the Week for Week 3.


We talked to Black Pack members Nathan Pham, Caroline Beinlich and Payton Seip on what it took to lead the Villa Park Black Pack to the So Cal Student Section of the week honors.



You guys are the Week Three So Cal Student Section of the week, beating out the Etiwanda Red Zone, La Costa Canyon Stampede and Newbury Park Panther Pit. What did it take to stand out as one of the best in Southern California?


Pham: I believe that our hard work and planning greatly contributed to such a great turn out and the honor of being SoCal and OC’s Student Section of the Week! As a whole, our ASB helped tremendously with spreading the word about our theme, Friday Night Brights, and the planning by our Commissioner of Spirit and Ambassadors of Student Involvement was perfect. Our bright handouts and colors made us really shine!


Beinlich: It took a lot of planning to prepare for the student section as well as a lot of advertising. I think the biggest thing is spreading the word with a lot of enthusiasm.


Seip: It took a lot of hard work and dedication to make the Black Pack stand out as much as we did. Countless hours went into making posters, ordering handouts, teaching and learning chants, and trying to get the word out to as many people as possible through all of social medias, personal and school based. I’m so proud that we were able to get so many students to come together and support their fellow Spartans.


What is your most memorable game you have ever attended as a member of the student section?


Pham: The most memorable game I have ever attended as a member of the student section is most definitely our recent one against Mission Viejo.


Beinlich: The most memorable student section I have attended so far was my freshman year when we did Silent 10 against our rival school during basketball season.


Seip: The most memorable game I have ever attended as a member of the student section probably has to go to the basketball game against our rivals, Canyon High School, last winter. The amount of people that showed up to that game was absolutely insane, and the energy in that gym was unforgettable.


Favorite theme?


Pham: My favorite theme is our recent neon theme or whiteout.


Beinlich: My favorite themed student section so far would definitely have to be the neon theme because although it may seem simple it really stands out and is easy for everyone to dress up for. Having everyone be able to feel included is a big part in having a strong student section.


Seip: My favorite theme, which stays consistent, is the annual Pink Out game during October. The whole student section (and even some parents) dress in their brightest pink outfits in support of breast cancer every year. While some students just see it as a cute themed game, it’s truly beautiful when they actually take a second to realize what they’re all doing it for. I’m so proud of my school for being able to do something like this every football season.


Favorite chant?


Pham: My favorite chant is a classic, the “I Believe” chant, because it really gets the crowd hyped up for an upcoming game.


Beinlich: My favorite chant is the I believe chant. Even though almost every school does it everyone gets super hyped and has so much spirit for their school’s team.


Seip: My favorite chant is actually one we just started using, which we call the Spongebob Kickoff. The four of us down in front of the student section start it off by yelling “Are you ready kids?!” and the student section yells back, “Aye, Aye, Captain!”. We return by saying “I can’t hear you!”, and we all raise our hands and yell “OOOOOHHHH” until the ball is kicked, just like in the Spongebob theme song.


What’s your least favorite chant that you hear from the other side of the stadium/gym?


Pham: I can’t hear the chants from the other side of the stadium. The other school is either not loud enough or our chants are too loud, as usual.


Beinlich: I don’t have a specific chant that I don’t like to hear from other student sections, but it is really frustrating to hear any negative or political chants about our team or student section.


Seip: My least favorite chant is when we’ve taken a quick break from cheering to regain our voices, and the other side of the gym/stadium starts yelling, “WE CAN’T HEAR YOU”. It’s really frustrating to think you aren’t being loud enough when you’re doing all you can.


Outside of you guys, is there one student section that you have seen or heard about where you think, “Man, that is a good student section?”


Pham: Another student section I’ve seen is Corona Del Mar. They really have loud students, and it would be great to fight against their energy.


Beinlich: Outside of our school, I think that Corona Del Mar has a lot of school spirit.


Seip: One student section I’d like to recognize is Dana Hills High School. I’ve never seen a bigger, more loud group than the Dolphins. Another is Corona Del Mar; their energy and almost theatrical performance of their cheers is mesmerizing.