The 2016 high-school Olympics will be held at … Country Day!
On Monday, Aug. 29, 12 teams from all different grades will compete against each other in a mini Olympic Games.
“We wanted a fun way to start off the school year that would involve all the students,” Student Council adviser Patricia Jacobsen said.
There will be six different events: a PVC pipe marble race, a balloon toss, extreme dodgeball, giant jenga, a chariot race and an over-under race.
Each team consists of a mixture of grades and genders to promote bonding throughout the high school, according to chair of events Nina Dym.
The teams are separated by color instead of country. There is a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy, purple, pink, white, neon, gray and black teams.
Each is led by two team captains chosen by Student Council.
Students will decorate team shirts on movie night, Aug. 25, in addition to watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Last year no games were held on orientation day, but this year Student Council decided to mix it up.
Student Council chose to bring back Olympics Day in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, despite its challenges.
“In the first several years we did it, it was a lot of work,” Jacobsen said. “It is a Student-Council-run and -organized event entirely.
The Olympics, lasting one-and-a-half hours, will begin after a one-and-a-half-hour orientation in the morning.
After the Olympics conclude, Subway sandwiches will provided for lunch by the Parents’ Association.
Students will then be dismissed at 1 p.m.
—By Jack Christian