It has been an annual treat for students to compete in the high school dodgeball tournament. The money raised from the tournament benefits Missouri’s Special Olympics team. Each player is required to contribute $2 in order to be entered into the bracket. For the second year in a row, members of the team “2 Legit 2 Quit” were the reigning champions.
Student Council is the official host for the yearly dodgeball tournament. The Missouri Association of Student Councils has a charity affiliation with the Special Olympics of Missouri.
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes in this program attend practices year-round in their area and can compete in competitions all over the world. People involved in this organization have to be athletes, and they can also apply to become coaches.
The dodgeball tournament raises money for Special Olympics of Missouri by donating the money to Student Council members interested in doing the Polar Plunge. It costs $75 per plunger to jump in a freezing lake in various areas across Missouri.
Thanks to 17 teams, this year we raised $170, and our student council is sending 3 plungers.
The back-to-back winners were a part of the senior team “2 Legit 2 Quit,” made up of Ereka Bailey, Andrew Menke, Zach Boehmer, Jared Horstmann, and Erin Scheer. They earned spirit points for their senior class and were treated to Chinese food at lunch.
There was also a teacher team that competed in the tournament.
“We wanted strength, agility, fearlessness, fire, passion, intelligence, and toughness. We had a top notch squad full of youthful energy,” states Mr. Pierick when asked about what he looked for in creating the teacher’s’ dodgeball team.
The teacher team did not go on to compete in the championship game.
“Unfortunately, I got over-aggressive and got out in the games early, which led to our demise. Our key player was Mr. Witthaus because he saved the day,” Mr. Pierick explains.
In addition to playing dodgeball in a double elimination bracket, classes also competed in trivia. The senior class won the trivia challenge.
A special thank you goes out to all the teams for their support in making this year’s dodgeball tournament successful!