It was the first day of April, and the students were anxious for the big event to begin. Sitting in the bleachers of the large gym, they cheered the representatives of their advisories on. Those down on the court paraded, waving flags bigger than them as drums pounded, manifesting as a slight buzz in the feet of those in the bleachers. Finally, they stopped as assistant principal Kris Waugh stepped forward. The first annual Sisterlympics had begun.
“I like the high energy and how there’s so many things going on that you’re never bored,” eighth grader Kate Singer said. “I think that the opening ceremony was pretty great, because it was just like the real Olympics.”
“Sisterlympics” was a student council planned event involving lots of active games, such as prison ball, tug of war, sprout ball, and more. The event was originally scheduled to have activities take place outside; however, due to the inconsistent rain, student council was forced to set the majority of the event indoors.
“Sisterlympics is an amazing effort by the student council girls with very very little input from their advisors or any other adults,” English teacher Alison Rice said. “They did it all themselves, they thought of all the ideas. They’ve been wanting to do this for about three years and they finally achieved their goal and I think that they all did a really great job. They had to think about how they would do teams, how they would pair advisories, how they would do opening ceremonies, what they would plan, and more.”
A few examples of the booths available at Sisterlympics were karaoke, Just Dance, obstacle courses, and frisbee. An advisory’s victory in one of the scheduled games like sprout ball or tug of war would give them a certain number of points, and each individual person’s win at a booth would add one point to their total advisory score. At the end of the event, gold, silver, and bronze trophies made by student council were given to the winning advisories.
“I’m seeing a lot of sisterly bonding, especially over karaoke,” STARS teacher Carey Warner said. “I think the girls are really happy to have a little mental break from classes. It’s a good way to let off some steam.”
At the end of the day, there was a tie for first place, which was quickly settled with a big tug of war game in the large gym, with social studies teacher Pamela Mathai and art teacher Patience Blythe’s advisories winning over science teacher Ella Miesner and media technology teacher Roger Soden’s.
“I thought Sisterlympics would be different, but I actually like the way it is,” Singer said. “Now I’m like woah! Make this annual! Bring it back next year!”