Last Tuesday, ORR’s student council held a Class Olympics after school in the gymnasium. Events included athletic games – like speedball and watusi – and amusing games – like pie eating and Pictionary. The senior class swept the gold, winning first place in every event. The junior class came in second, the sophomore class in third, and the freshman class in fourth.
“A lot of people came, even though there was short notice,” said student council President Kelly Merlo, “I was really happy with that.” After just a week of getting the word out to their peers, student council did indeed have a sizable number of students attend the event to represent their respective classes.
This great turnout was without a monetary bribe as no prize was given to the winning class, since similar challenges and monetary prizes were awarded at the pep rally last January. The Class Olympics was planned to simply raise school spirit and “just to have a good time,” as Merlo said. Their plan was successful, as many students attended just to be spectators and support their class.
Student council chose to put on a wide variety of events, including Mario Kart. The video game was projected onto a screen in the gym, so that the young at heart could show their speedy skills.
“We wanted to include everyone, not just athletics,” Merlo explained.
Along with the Pictionary, pie eating, and video games, student council had planned other non-athletic games, such as speed math and chess. Unfortunately, they ran out of time before implementing these last two. Many students had to take the late bus home, so the Class Olympics wrapped up at around 4:00 pm.
For next year, Merlo encourages the underclassmen in student council to get the word out about Class Olympics sooner, in order to entice a larger crowd, and to try to fit more games onto the agenda.
“I’m hoping now, after this being the third year in a row that we’ve done Class Olympics, it will continue for years to come,” said Merlo happily.
In other news, the junior class held a bake sale in the high school’s lobby last Wednesday, the half day of school. Their class raised around $500 through selling delicious baked goods made by the students. These funds will partially go towards this year’s Junior Semi dance, but the majority will be saved for reducing costs of the Class of 2015’s senior year. The junior class is thinking ahead, already saving for senior prom and yearbooks.
The Community Service Learning club has also been busy recently, planning their second annual Top Shelf Food Drive. CSL asks that students and community members bring non-perishable food items to the collection box in the high school’s lobby. Items can include cake mixes, canned goods, cereal, granola bars, crackers, cookies, chips, etc. All donations will be given to a local food pantry.
By Renae Reints