Posted Date: 01/07/2019
Chanute High School students took a couple hours Friday afternoon to get to know one another a little better through a friendly competition called the Advisory Olympics.
It’s team building event for students. Each team is an advisory group, students who stay with each other and the same advisor for four years, said CHS Principal Brian Campbell. This is the group they are supposed to build relationships with over the four years they are in high school.
With students back in school after a winter break between semesters, it’s the perfect time for this type of activity, said CHS Student Government advisor Karen Graham. It’s an energizer and gets the kids to work together to accomplish a task for their team.
The CHS StuGo has organized this event for three years.
“They ask to do this,” Graham said. “It’s a way for teachers and student to see each other in a different light,” she continued, and “a way to interact with teachers they don’t usually have.”
Among the “Olympic” games, students were required to carry a penny on a tongue depressor and drop it into a cup, guide a ball around cones with their head, stack 10 metal nuts on top of each other without them falling, keep a ball afloat from the center of a circle, string pasta onto a string of spaghetti and drop it into a cup, run a relay between two points with a Styrofoam noodle between their knees, and move a cookie from the forehead into their mouth without dropping it.
With the variety of creative activities, “it gives all the students a chance to shine in their own light,” Graham said.
While scores were tabulated, each advisory group formed a circle and clasped hands with peers who were not next to them. Then they had to untangle themselves without breaking the chain.
After awarding crepe paper ribbons to the top five team scores in each category, Graham announced a tie between the top two overall team scores. The tie for an overall winner was between Coach Chris Shields and history teacher Trevor Ewert’s advisories.
As students line-danced across the gym, Graham and several teachers scrambled to find a new contest to break the tie. The resulting relay required team members to spin in a circle 20 times while holding the Styrofoam noodle above their head, then race across the gym to hand the noodle to the next in line. Sufficiently dizzy, Shields’ advisory students managed to squeak out the win.