The 2022 Class Olympics: Forming a Lasting Tradition

MURDOUGH ATHLETICS CENTER––On a beautiful Saturday evening April 23rd, Western Reserve Academy’s student body took part in the second annual class olympics–a battle of the grades centered around a series of competitive events that test each class’s spirit, strength, and willpower. Hosted by none other than Reserve staff member and basketball coach Joe Scott, the games were full of excitement and surprises.

The competitions started off with a measure of each class’s enthusiasm by way of chanting a classic Reserve battle cry. Moments before this began, senior Cameron Baker expressed his confidence in his group’s ability to win the games. “Man, I’m super pumped,” stated Baker. “I feel like seniors are really going to run away with this one, baby!” 

The first event was followed by a challenge to shake ping pong balls out of a box tied around one’s waist as fast as possible, a competition that was easily won by seniors Teliyah Davis and Tate Smyth. 

Next came the always eventful musical chairs. Full of action and even a few heated moments, Reserve dean Mr. Jackson later shared his feelings on the competition . “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen musical chairs get so physical, with the box-outs it looked like JaVale McGee and Andre Drummond were out there.” 

Despite accusations of cheating from multiple seniors, the freshman took the win. The underclassmen perspective was summed up perfectly by last man standing Tavin Jones. “One thing is pretty clear. We won because we won.”

With catering from local favorite Swenson’s the students made their way outside to enjoy burgers and milkshakes, as well as to take part in trying to get some of their favorite teachers and students dropped in the dunk tank. Mr. Jackson, Mr. Mudd, Ms. Donnelly, and recently elected student body co-president Landon Allis were among some of the unfortunate victims.

“I’m just wondering what I did to these students to make them so excited to dunk me,” wondered Mr. Jackson moments before he met his watery doom. After making it out of the tank, he described his feelings. “Betrayed.”

Once the students were done outside, they headed in for the widely beloved grade v. grade dodgeball tournament. While there was spirit and desire to win expressed by all classes, no one came close to taking down the seniors. 

The same was the case in what many felt was the most important event of the night: tug of war. After an upset against the sophomores by the freshman class, the seniors took down the sophomores to take home another win. 

The dominance of the class of ‘22 throughout the evening even motivated members of other classes to join ranks with the seniors, including junior Zachary Claiborne. “As a person who was hand selected by the seniors to participate with them, it was truly an honor,” Claiborne told the Record. 

After tug of war, some brave students took on the spicy hot ramen challenge, while others returned to the outdoors to get their own friends soaked in the dunk tank. 

While some students expressed disappointment with the level of turnout for this year’s olympics, many, including host Joe Scott himself, were ecstatic with what the limited number of participants were able to make happen. 

“I loved the energy that we brought,” said Scott. “Even if there was a lot of people that were missing because of travel, the people that were here really brought it. It was a great success.”

The first image uses the rule of thirds in how the subject of the image, the student in the foreground, is in the left third of the frame. It also places the dunk tank in the middle third. It also uses perspective by placing the viewer right behind the student about to throw the ball. It makes them feel like they are in the scene. Finally, it also uses balance interestingly by having the vertical components feel quite sectioned and balanced, but the horizontal aspects are focused primarily on the left side of the frame.

The second image uses leading lines in how the lines on the basketball court draw the viewer’s attention to the students playing musical chairs. It also uses framing, as the boundaries of the court frame the scene occurring. Finally, the image uses perspective interestingly by being shot from a low to the ground angle. This technique adds a more dynamic feel to the picture.  

Tate Smyth ‘22

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