The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

April 3, 2014

Tournaments boost school-spirit

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The competitive nature of the Lakeside High School community is alive and well this spring, with the excitement of the annual class tournaments. The two-day event which took place March 27 and 28, pits grade levels against one another in a healthy battle for pride and bragging rights. These activities have been a tradition at the school since its inception in 2007, and even find their roots at Harbor High School long before. Planned and orchestrated by the Student Council, the tournaments are a definite way to boost morale throughout the school community.

The school-wide assembly occurs during the two days preceding spring break, when the class rivalries are at an all-time high. The students are required to pay one dollar to gain access to the gym where the competition takes place. All of the proceeds go to the Lakeside Academic Boosters which helps fund school activities, senior scholarships, and the annual Senior Awards Brunch.

Lisa Raffa, Student Council supervisor, has worked rigorously and tirelessly in order to get the event up and running. “It is hard work, but it’s worth it because the students love it every year,” Raffa said.

The competition-based events require volunteer participation, and Raffa explains, “They provide an opportunity for anyone and everyone at the school to be involved.”

There has proven to be anything but a lack of participation in the games with an astounding thirty-five volunteers.

To go along with the tournaments, each grade level chooses both a theme and color to correspond with their team to wear during the week. Freshmen are hoping to hula their way to victory with an ‘Hawaiian’ theme and have chosen to dress in orange, while sophomores utilize time travel with their theme, ‘Blast from the Past’ and donning purple. Juniors have transformed into movie stars with their ‘Big Screen’ debut and imitate the red carpet with their color decision. Lastly, seniors have decided to play off their class name with the theme ‘Senior Citizens,’ and have elected light blue as their team color. The faculty, who also get to participate in the fun, chose ‘Duck Dynasty’ for themselves.

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