Bringing Back the Battle

Popular AHS Event Returns with Mixed Feelings

Caroline Lee

Staff Writer

After a one year hiatus, Battle of the Sexes returned to AHS from April 28 to May 2 with dress-up days and lunch-time activities to decide which gender could outdo the other.

To test this, each day of the week pitted girls versus boys in themes like Flannel vs. Floral on Monday, Greaser vs. Jazzercise on Tuesday, and Geek vs. Beauty on Wednesday.  Points were tallied and posted on SAC throughout the week, but many students just enjoyed the fun that came with the week.

“I think it’s a great way for our school to have some friendly competition,” junior Sosan Mehri said.  “It actually brings us together.”

However, this was not the case two years ago as days involving cross dressing were seen as insensitive and inappropriate, resulting in the one year cancellation and more mild dress themes.

“I think it’s disappointing, but I understand their reasons,” senior Grace Wheaton said.

Students watch the lunch-time activity on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, as Mr. Fulton asks volunteers questions typically known by only one gender.  For this day of Battle of the Sexes, girls dressed as beauties and boys as geeks. “Wednesday was the best day,” senior Grace Wheaton said.  “All the girls looked so great.”  PC: Caroline Lee
Students watch the lunch-time activity on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, as Mr. Fulton asks volunteers questions typically known by only one gender. For this day of Battle of the Sexes, girls dressed as beauties and boys as geeks. “Wednesday was the best day,” senior Grace Wheaton said. “All the girls looked so great.” PC: Caroline Lee

Because of the removal of Battle of the Sexes last year, the Leadership class, who was in charge of all the activities, was eager to see it again.

“People were really disappointed when it was canceled last year because we had a lot of fun with it in previous years,” senior and Class of 2014 Vice President Edith Chen said.  “A lot of Leadership students and Mr. Fulton all thought it was a really good idea to bring it back and pump up some school spirit.”

Nevertheless, the break may have hurt the event overall as students noticed a decrease in participation.

“Freshmen year [two years ago] was more spirited,” junior Sosan Mehri said.  “ This year, it was only certain groups that participated; it was not everyone.”

In fact, though there were signs posted around the rotunda foreshadowing Battle of the Sexes, some students were not impressed with its promotion.

“Since we didn’t do it last year, it kind of killed the event,” junior Lovejot Kaur said.  “Before they would advertise it for weeks.  This year, I didn’t even know it was Battle of the Sexes.”

Yet despite some complaints, Leadership students remained positive and were happy with the results.

“I think the week turned out pretty good,” Chen said.  “I saw a lot of people dress up and even before the week started, a lot of people were really excited about it.”

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