Wausau East hosts 'welcome back' pep rally

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Class is back in session for students across north central Wisconsin but one Marathon County school is going back in style.

In what's become a tradition at Wausau East High School, new and returning students were welcomed back to the cheers of faculty and staff, high-fives from the school liaison officer and the beat of the drum line. Principal Brad Peck says it's important to start the year off on a high note.

"There's a lot of excitement and it just shows the teachers support for the students," said Peck, who is starting his 22nd year as principal at Wausau East. "The freshmen are probably like 'Woah, what's going on?' But the upperclassmen have come to expect it and they appreciate it."

The annual event dates back 14 years to when they first moved into the current building. But Peck admits Tuesday may have been one of the coldest back to school pep rallies since they started the tradition in 2004.