District 13’s Ms. Newsom Crowned the Victor
ASB successfully wrapped up the lunchtime activities leading up to the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22.
The Hunger Games week kicked off on November 15, as a male and female tribute were reaped from Districts 9 through 13. During the following week (18th-22nd), ASB hosted a lunchtime activity daily, and two tributes were eliminated each day.
“ASB wanted to be more out of the box and creative in raising school spirit and do events that students are excited about,” ASB Club Commissioner and senior Michelle Ma said. “Our goal was to have activities that would be fun and exciting for both the tributes to participate in and for the audience to watch.”
Monday’s activity featured various “Minute-to-Win-it” games, such as having participants stack plastic cups into a pyramid or try to eat an Oreo by balancing it on his/her face.
“I think the best part of the event was the challenge where I used the Vaseline on my nose to pick up the cotton balls,” District 9 tribute and freshman Brian Chan said. “It was a good idea for ASB to have something like this, I had fun.”
Tuesday’s activity was a campus-wide scavenger hunt, with the start and end points in the rotunda. Participants’ locations were broadcast on a projector through Google Hangouts.
“Although we had technical issues, I’m happy that we tried this innovative idea of using technology in our lunchtime activities,” Ma said. “With more practice and trials, it could work in the future.”
Despite the difficulties, participants still seemed to enjoy the efforts that ASB went through for each event.
“Even though my first clue totally threw me off, my favorite part of the week was Tuesday’s scavenger hunt,” District 11 tribute and junior Deborah Chang said. “The Hunger Games seemed to interest and excite more people than the usual ASB events.”
Wednesday’s event was a bow and arrow competition, Thursday was a Where’s Waldo-inspired game, and Friday’s finale featured an obstacle course set up in the gym. Finalists Mr. Howard and Ms. Newsom raced against the clock, with Ms. Newsom ultimately crowned the winner and received two free movie tickets, as well as an ice cream party for the staff.
“It was fun, exciting, annoying at times, but overall an experience worth having,” District 12 tribute and senior Darien Young said. “It was a good idea for ASB to do. Hopefully they’ll do more events like these in the future.”
With the conclusion of this November event, ASB is currently preparing for more events for students in the coming months.
“Since we got mostly positive feedback for the Hunger Games week, ASB may consider doing activities centered around a book or movie again,” Ma said. “But as of right now, ASB is busy preparing for its wintertime events.”