2016 was a polarizing year for the House Olympics. Initially, the proposed events divided the students. Athletes were upset to see fewer track-style events; however, others were happy to see the variety, because it gave them a place to share their secret talents.
Mr. Payne, Mr. Vidic, and Mr. Ditson definitely deserve credit for following through with the most bizarre and entertaining House Olympics thus far. Even the die-hard track stars couldn’t help but marvel at the size of the obstacle course. Kenny Jiang destroyed his otherwise talented competition, with his masterful spin serves. A young gun from Byrd House, who’s name alludes me at the moment, was nothing short of mind blowing with his Kendama. I still don’t understand how such a simple device can engross young students surrounded by phones and television. All power to Kendama for helping save society. Our cup stacking aficionados achieved at least one 11 second run, which I witnessed. Let us not forget the slip and slide, the black light dodgeball (my personal favourite), and the beautiful posters, which adorn the student commons.
What I observed is that the people who entered the games with an open mind ended up enjoying their events more than anticipated. Something I felt that was missing, and I’m sure others would agree, was food. A barbeque or some simple snacks would have ameliorated the experience. Maybe there were logistical reasons that made this impossible, I’m not sure. Nevertheless, consider implementing this next year
Our closing ceremonies showcased the musical talent within Groos and Byrd. I have to acknowledge the creativity demonstrated by Groos (it was seriously impressive), but Byrd definitely stole the show. It wasn’t so much the talent that shocked the audience, but the sheer guts it takes to pull of such a performance. You had to be there.
Congratulations Hossain House! Geer… we tried are best. To all the other houses, best of luck next year.
By: Peter Konigsman