Cheers and Jeers: SCA Spring Olympics
Noah Pilchen, Features Editor
April 18, 2011
Filed under Student Life
“Seniors suck! Seniors suck!” These were the chants heard from the junior and sophomore bleachers at the 2011 SCA Olympics last Friday, but were the senior able to hear them?
Since the current gym cannot fit the entire school safely, this was the first year in which the games were held on the field, with each class sitting in an assigned section of the bleachers and the games being played on the turf.
In typical Crossed Sabres manner, we present the Olympic edition of “Cheers and Jeers”:
- The games. By holding the events outside, new games that required more space could be implemented. The relay race was a great addition to the games in part because it was different than the typical games, and also because it used the whole field, which allowed all of the classes to see different parts of the race.
- The weather. Yeah, we know this is not a technical “cheer” for the SCA, but the weather made the games so much more enjoyable than being cramped inside the gym.
- The sound system. Considering that we were in an outdoor space, the sound quality was very good, not too loud and not too soft.
- The senior class. Congratulations on winning your final SCA Olympics!
- The distance between each class. The sophomores and juniors were approximately 320 feet away from the seniors and freshmen. This distance made taunting the other classes far more difficult.
- The distance from the athletes. Due to the 75-foot gap between the bleachers and the field, most people could not see the events very well. The one exception to this was the relay race.
- The timing. The SCA created an 8-page rulebook on the Olympics and expected to finish the games in under an hour. Really? As a result of the time crunch, the tug of war match was shortened and the freshmen were not able to compete in it.
- The lack of communication. After each event, nobody told the students in the bleachers who won!
- The general spirit. This is mainly due to a combination of the jeers listed above; it did not seem like the classes had as much spirit as they had in previous years.
Hopefully next year the SCA can add to the “cheers” category and eliminate many of the “jeers”.