The third annual Hunger Games event at New Haven High School was quite successful. Shamrock students were humored by the food challenges that occurred during the week of November 16th, and this event was popular with students and teachers alike. Students paid $1 to nominate a student or $2 to nominate teachers for the challenges each day. Proceeds went to the local buddy bags program.
On Monday, nominees students ate donuts off a string, and on Tuesday, students attempted to eat a cookie balanced on their faces. In both of these challenges, contestants were not allowed to use their hands for assistance. On Wednesday, competitors bobbed for apples, and on Thursday, the participants ate pureed burritos or pizza, depending on the lunch shift. On Friday, contestants participated in a saltine challenge to see who could eat the most saltine crackers within a minute.
The winners on each day (first lunch to second lunch) were Andrew Menke and Cameron Pritchett on Monday, Will Soete and Devin Buchheit on Tuesday, Jon Stone and Alex Majors on Wednesday, Bobby Pruessner and Lucy Roth on Thursday, and Jared Horstmann and Ms. Kelly were the winners on Friday.
Jared Horstmann says, “I was outraged that I got nominated 3 times for the challenge and didn't win once, but, on the 3rd day, Paige Adams didn't want to do the final challenge, so I did it for her.” He went on, “I thought that the final challenge was very demeaning and I did not eat the baby food. I only licked it once, started gagging, then helped out Will Soete.”
Andrew Menke said “Hunger Games was a good time and if I never eat baby food again in my life, I will have lived a good life.’
While this event was popular among students, it also went to a great cause. All the proceeds went on to aid the local backpack program. This program gathers non-perishable food items to give to families in need in the community of New Haven.
Altogether, $41 dollars were raised for the local buddy bags program. Thanks for your participation in the challenge, Shamrocks!