With the start of a fresh school year comes the inducting of new students into “Houses” and the beginning of annual House competitions. This year’s House season kicked off on Friday, October 10, with autumn SAC Day. Even before the Houses were set to convene on the patio, the battle for spirit points began. Signs, balloons, house T-shirts, and even a DJ were spotted all around the campus. By the time SAC Day was officially set to start, shades of red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and black filled SIA’s campus.
When our resident MC, Ms. Corigliano, took the microphone, you could barely hear her over house chants and cheers led by this year’s energetic House leaders. Once the students settled down, the first activity and teams were called. Since the first activity of the day, chosen by school president Akash Das ’15, was GaGa, the Houses headed over to the GaGa pit in what looked like a parade. Surrounding the pit, students pressed up against the outside of the wooden octagon with their Housemates lining the inner perimeter of the pit. The ball flew up, and in a matter of seconds, House cheers filled the air as players scurried around the pit trying to stay in as long as possible. In the end, it came down to one Partington player, Corinn Baggs, and three Methfessel players. You can figure out who won that one.
With everyone still hyped after that first event, the race for spirit points became even more intense. The chants got louder, the cheers got better, House members got more involved and by the end of the day, a few voices were lost and a lot of palms were red from applause. Following GaGa, events such as soccer, three legged races, water relay, tug-of-war, and the hula hoop challenge occurred. However, we cannot forget the most dangerous event of them all, musical chairs. I will never forget the look on Ms. Faust and Mrs. Hayes’ faces as House members screamed over calls. With last year’s musical chairs champ, Yvonne Boulay (of Merrick House), knocked out rather early, the competition heated up. Once again it came down between Partington and Methfessel, only this time the victory belonged to Partington.
At the end of the day, I think we all left laughing and smiling. It was a great day full of memories we’ll never forget. It was an amazing start to the House competition. With that said, we must commend Methfessel on their win of both the majority of the Spirit Points and the SAC day competition as a whole.
By Andrew B. ’16