Winter Olympics 2018
Melinda BakFront row, left to right: Jada Robertson, Morgan Ballard, Cheriden Allen, Megan Morgan, Andrea Rivera, Shayden Blankenship, Gracie Rens, Esperanza Lopez, Jadilyn Vargas, and Alyssa Schreiner. Second row, left to right: Dillon Lynott, Dillon Anderson, Cali Mulder, Alyssa Renken, Trinity Stevens, Keeley Wastell, Tatiana Santos, Carter Erickson, Cole Sperle, David Chavez, Payton Schwiesow, Erika McKenney, Garret Harding, and Bryan Hernandez. Third row, left to right: Tristan Wallace, Jalyn Pullman, Meghan Danielson, Austin Wilbert, Emma McManaman, Kyler Bak, Hunter Dekkers, Seth Salker, Ryan Ping, Leo Ruiz, Curtis Owen, and Ryan Schelling. Back row, left to right: Matt Cobb, David Frank, Baxter Walsh, Kade Lynott, and Josh Beach.
Winter Olympics is a time where students get to enjoy themselves and compete against each other for bragging rights. There were a few changes this year from previous years but not too many to make a big difference. Erin Schroeder helps put together this whole week with help from a Elizabeth Fettes and Nic Engleman. Other staff members are assigned to monitor activities and judge events on the big day. Students started out the week by decorating their hallways. It is always a fun time to get together with classmates and see what everyone can come up with. The seniors got first place with their Scooby Doo inspired hallway. They incorporated their previous years’ themes into this year’s hall. Each class has to come up with an entrance that best represents their theme. The juniors were voted to have the best entrance this year. Then the events started and that’s where the action took place. The sophomores took the lead by winning the obstacles course, and they stayed hot from that point on. They won frisbee football, the hula hoop pass, banana pass, dodgeball, and a few other events. The sophomores took first place with 305 points. Their theme was Shreksy Sophomores. Sophomore, Carter Erickson said, “This year, Winter Olympics was not as fun as the previous years because we had it on a Thursday, and it falls on ineligibility week. Since it did fall on this week, everyone said they can’t participate. They are using it as an excuse to not help.” The seniors fired back by easily winning the bench press, balloon toss, the girls plank, and three point shot. The seniors got second place overall with 280 points. Senior, Kailey Bak said, “I have made so many great memories during Winter Olympics over the years. This year, Winter Olympics didn’t disappoint either. It did become more of a challenge because the FCCLA and jazz choir were out of town at state competitions the first couple days of the week. Those events impacted class participation a lot.” The freshmen came in third with 210 points. They got first place in the Hungry Hungry Hippo event and for sportsmanship. They did come in second in five events including the entrance and hallway decorating. Their theme was Freshmen on Fire. Freshman, Grace Schuller said, “I think Winter Olympics is a great opportunity for the classes to get together and work as a team. I have not participated in Winter Olympics yet, but I have watched it previous years, and it looks like it’s a lot of fun.” Schroeder’s favorite part about Winter Olympics is watching the the obstacle course. Her least favorite part is when the kids argue with the teachers about bad calls. She just wants the kids to do their jobs and the teachers to do their jobs. The juniors took last place with 205 points. They were the Jurassic Juniors. They won the tug-of-war and Quiz Bowl events. Last year, this class won Winter Olympics. “Winter Olympics this year has more chances to get more people involved in events. It has always been the highlight of the school year. I believe it is better than previous years because students would feel left out or not want to participate. Now, the Student Council has come up with some changes to get everyone engaged and not feel left out,” said junior, Areli Andrade. If Ms. Schroeder could change one thing, it would be to have the decorations up longer. It is a lot of work, and she thinks people should see them. “It is always something to look forward to even if you are in middle school because they can’t wait until high school, so they can participate in it,” said Schroeder. They were unable to complete all of the events because they ran out of time. They didn’t get to play knock out ping pong, gutter ball golf, or have the pop chug. They did add a video games event and puzzle contest this year. These new events may have increased participation by some classmates. All in all, this year’s Winter Olympics was a success. The Student Council will meet to discuss things they felt worked and things that should perhaps be changed for next year’s Winter Olympics. People just want Winter Olympics to be a fun day for the students.