Olympus Games are a New Tradition
by Caitlin Connelly on Friday, November 8th, 2013Attempting to start a new tradition at Milton, the SGA has created the Olympus Games, a collection of friendly competitions that will occur throughout the year. Each team, named after a Greek god, is made up of roughly fifty members, an even amount of students from every class as well as faculty members.
According to Head Monitor Cameron Park (I), the idea for the games started with a suggestion that students should partake in a school-wide “Hunger Games;” however, “because people were not too keen on basing it off the Hunger Games,” Cam remarked, “the idea of districts developed into Olympus teams with Olympus Gods.”
All teams met together for the first time a few weeks ago during a morning assembly. In these meetings, the teams’ senior leaders introduced themselves to the group and lead icebreakers in the hopes of breaking the barriers between grades, genders, boarders and day students. Overall, students believed that these meetings were only mildly effective, because they did not allow time for any real bonding within the teams. As the year goes on, the SGA hopes to strengthen the connection within the groups, encouraging students to meet a variety of new people.
Teams will battle in competitions throughout the year, ranging from community service drives to sporting events. The first competition of the year was a school supply drive for The Taylor School. The activity proposed a challenge to see which team could collect the most school supplies for the local school. This competition was successful in accumulating a large amount of school supplies; nonetheless, participation was fairly low. The winning teams, Achilles, Hades, and Ares, each received five points for collecting the most school supplies. Points awarded after each event will contribute to the teams’ final scores at the end of the year; the team with the highest point total in June will receive the grand prize.
For the most recent Olympus Games event, team leaders and head monitors encouraged students and faculty to dress up for a Halloween parade during Thursday’s assembly. Although participation was low, students felt that the event created some extra Halloween spirit and made the day a little more fun. Student leaders and faculty hope all students will be inclined to get involved as other activities are announced with an improved system of communication.
The SGA has big plans to improve the Olympus Games with more meetings, activities, and friendly competitions. It plans to host a school-wide capture the flag game in the near future as well as more team gatherings before Thanksgiving break. Future event ideas include dodgeball tournaments, seasonal festivities similar to the Halloween parade, trivia contests, and more fundraisers. Yesterday, as one of the five spirit days leading up to Nobles day, students dressed up in themes chosen by Olympic Team leaders. This day was a chance for students to get together with their teams, connect a little more with each other, and just have fun.
Ultimately, the Games were created to add more spirit and excitement to the Milton community. In order for the activities to be successful, the SGA asks that everyone bring excitement and a positive attitude to each activity. As Cameron said, “These games are for you guys. We want this to be fun for everyone, we think it has a lot of potential, but, ultimately, we need you all to get excited about it. We want this to be something to look forward to, and we hope it continues after this year.”
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