FBLA also hosts the Hunger Games during the week. Hunger Games is held during both lunch shifts everyday of leadership week. To nominate a student, one canned good or one dollar was donated, and for a teacher, two canned goods or two dollars were donated. Students and teachers who are nominated competed in food-related challenges, and the winners advanced to the final tournament Friday.
One might be asking, why do we have Leadership Week then?“We have Leadership week to show how many leaders there are in the school,” stated Kyle Luecke.
On Monday, Team Moustache stole the lead in Penny Wars with 48 points. Approximately $5.00 had been raised by the end of the day. The Hunger Games contestants were Hannah Kruse, Willy Schejbal, Ryan Blankenship, Emily Lewis, Dominick Pataky, Riley Otten, and Mr. Tucker. These contestants had to chug an entire can of soda. The winners were Willy Schejbal and Ryan Blankenship.
On Tuesday, Team Snowmen barreled past Team Moustache in penny wars. Approximately $136.01 had been raised by the end of the day. The Hunger Games contestants were Kashaf Iqbal, Mackenzy Vedder, Nathan Ford, Mark Senecal, Carlie Steinbeck, Nele Granse, Matthew Clines, and Mr. Hagedorn. These contestants had to bob for apples. The winners were Kashaf Iqbal and Matthew Clines.
On Wednesday, Team Zebra flew past Team Snowmen in penny wars. Over $200 had been raised by the end of the day. The Hunger Games contestants were Alison Long, Alex Majors, Zoie Mathis, Nicki Zeitzmann, Logan Huff, Sharon Brewster, Alexia Nixon, and Kyle Brumels. These contestants had to identify a spoonful of mystery food. The winners were Logan Huff and Alison Long. Classes were shortened in order to allow students to attend an assembly where Kashaf spoke about her culture and her country.
On Thursday, the Bikers zoomed past the Zebras in penny wars with a whopping 544 points by the end of the day. Over $300 had been raised by the student body. The Hunger Games contestants were Emily Scheer, Mr. Aaron Peirick, Robbie Cichon, Lauren Bergner, Mr. Pruessner, Mr. Gourtney, Brandon Carey, and Andrew Menke. These contestants had to eat half a lemon. The winners were Emily Scheer and Mr. Aaron Peirick. Classes were also on a shortened schedule due to the annual leadership week tournament. Students gathered in the gym directly after lunch to demonstrate feats of strength, agility, and academics. The winning tug-of-war team was Team China, and they faced the teachers’ team, Happy Halloween.
Jenny Gallardo, a member of Team ‘Tis the Season, commented, “It was fun! Team China was a hard team to beat, but winning doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about getting to know the other students in our school and making new friends.”
Teams also had to answer 20 trivia questions that covered everything from arts to sports. The team that answered the most questions correctly would win the tournament.
The obstacle course the was last. Three team members were chosen to participate in the feats of agility. One member had to bunny hop three times, crawl under a bridge, and shoot three marshmallows into a bucket. Each marshmallow made would deduct three second off their final time. The second team member had to bunny hop, crawl under the bridge, and pick up paper bags with their mouths and take them to the end of the basketball court, then eat a twizzler. The third team member had to bunny hop and crawl under the bridge with a stack of newspapers, delivering them to the other side of the gym floor. After that, they had to balance a book on their head from the out of bounds line to the volleyball court line. The winners were team Zebra.
On Friday, penny wars came to a close at 10:00 a.m. An assembly was held to recognize the winning teams over the week. The Bikers took first in the Penny Wars competition. They received Chinese food during lunch on the following Tuesday. The winners of the obstacle course were also recognized and received a certificate for Chinese food for lunch, an ornament from Astral Glass, and the traditional Burger King crown. The final Hunger Games challenge was also held during the assembly. The contestants had to find a hidden piece of frozen bubble gum in a plate of whipped cream and blow a bubble in order to win. The winner was Cortanie Gale.
Jenny Gallardo mentioned, “I enjoyed the new activities they added this year, especially the obstacle course. It was fun!”
-by Karissa Durbin