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Thursday May 24, 2018 at 2:19pm Age: 147 days
Category: High School, District

MVHS CELEBRATES FIELD DAY: LESSONS IN TEAMBUILDING AND SCHOOL SPIRIT


By Brandon Bell
Field Day co-chair and Student Council co-president

On Monday, May 21, the MVHS student body dispersed throughout the campus to celebrate the Second Annual Field Day. The Student Council hosted Field Day with the overall goal of rewarding students for a year of diligent work and allowing students to decompress before the stressful testing season begins.

Administration, faculty, staff, and students embraced this event with enthusiasm last year, and the Student Council was proud to bring back this staple event. Preparations began months ahead, beginning with Student Council members. Eventually, the Field Day committee that was formed to sustain and further enhance Field Day activities. 

Students learned the challenges that come with preparing a large event with many moving pieces, but they rose to the challenge. This year, in addition to yard games and inflatables scattered throughout campus, students enjoyed new entertainment activities including various tournament-style competitions and music from a DJ, as they navigated campus with their friends.

MVHS senior Emma Krish, was among the 50 student volunteers who set-up and cleaned-up the event. “In the morning, my task was to help with the inflatables," Emma said. "I learned a lot about teamwork working with a group of kids to move several 600 pound inflatables. After setting-up, I got to enjoy Field Day. It was so much fun to just be outside and have fun with my friends. I loved participating in the new, pie-eating contest. I loved seeing the students and teachers involve themselves in the various activities and engage in friendly competitions.”

MVHS sophomore Jonathan Howard, one of several students who chaired the newly added contests and tournaments, said: “From my experiences, Field Day is always fun. All of my friends enjoyed the day hanging out with their friends and participating with their peers in various activities. After watching the pie-eating contest, I have never seen such tremendous class comradery as students cheered for their classmates and teachers as they devoured pudding and whipped cream pies. It really shows the school spirit we have built here in Minisink Valley.”

CONGRATULATIONS to our contest and tournament winners!

  • Pie-Eating Contest: Matt Biddle, Junior

  • Hay Bale Toss: Ashleigh Convery and Dakota Marzouca, seniors

  • Corn Hole Tournament: Kevin O’Brien and Ryan Johanson, juniors

  • Can Jam Tournament: Noah Smith and Steve Fellenzer, juniors

  • Kickball Tournament: The juniors led by Captain Saige Colon

  • Soccer Tournament: Emily Bannon, Bella Lynch, Brooke Semco, Kaitlin O’Brien, Ryan Rodriguez, freshmen


Another highlight event of the day was the Ice Bucket Challenge. MVCSD administrators and teachers volunteered to participate if the HS English department raised $3,200 for the American Cancer Society. The English department did not disappoint and reached their goal. The home football bleachers were filled with students cheering and applauding as Mr. Monahan, Mr. Telgheder, Mr. Burns, Mr. Bult, Mrs. Irwin, Mr. Cosgrove, Mr. Napolitano, and Mr. Greco had ice dumped over their heads by their fellow teachers and students. Thank you to our fine faculty for participating!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

The Student Council would like to thank the following groups who made this event possible:

  • The MVHS PTO for graciously donating lunch for everyone.

  • The MVHS FBLA, Art Club, and Swim & Dive Team for their gracious donations to offset the expenses.  

  • The MVHS Administration, Faculty, and Staff for their support.

  • The MVHS Custodial Staff and the Building and Grounds Department for their assistance.


GO WARRIORS!

(Photo credits: Kat Hoolan)