November 03, 2014
On Monday, October 27, Clarkson Public School had their first class competition this year. Class Competitions are where student in grades 7-12 compete to earn class points. Whoever has the most points at the end of the semester wins. The class with the most points from the 7-9 graders usually get a pizza party; grades 10-12 win a half day off of school.
This year there was a change of Rupprechts. For the last two years, Erika Rupprecht was the master of ceremonies. Since she graduated, her sister Rachel is now the chosen one. To get the students warmed up,18 students played musical chairs. Senior Keaton Indra literally edged out freshman Jacquelyn Lee.
Then students in 7-12 were given the task to build a hole at a golf course in twenty minutes. The students found that this was harder than they ever imagined. First, three students from each class were assigned a classroom where they took whatever they thought they would need to build the most creative hole. When they returned to the gym, the whole class frantically started building for 20 minutes. Then three students had a chance to make a hole in one on their golf hole. The 7th graders made all of their shots, so they received three points. None of the other classes made any of their putts, because of their difficulty!
The second competition that the student participated in was a relay race. Six students competed from each class. The first pairs were blindfolded and had to try to find each other. The second group had to break a balloon with their partner without using their hands. The third group had a 3-legged race and a wheelbarrow race across the gym. Finally, the teams had leapfrog across the gym.
Clarkson holds these class competitions to help students build a better bond with their classmates. This also helps the build communication skills, and learning how to accept other students’ ideas.