Students anticipate first annual Clash of the Classes

Linnea Kennedy and Madeline Smyser

Coming soon to Vandegrift High School – an epic battle in which students will compete against rivaling classes in both an athletic and spirit competition. It’s called “Clash of the Classes” and things are about to get colorful.

“It’s going to be like a high school field day,” student council sponsor Amy Gallagher said. “We’ll have kickball, capture the flag, four way tug-of-war, and the Marines are putting together an obstacle course for us. It’s a grade level competition and you can receive points based on your wins.”

The event is taking place on Thursday, February 2nd and starts during end of day PIT.

“I’m really looking forward to the obstacle course,” Junior George Gullett said. “My friend Zach Wong and I have been working with Staff Sergeant Ryan, our school’s marine recruiter, to create a military style course for the event. We’re very excited to see how the students like the course.”

After the main competition, the games will conclude with a celebratory, full-out color war – which has been rumoured to include teachers – and a variety of food trucks.

“I am looking forward to the color war at the end,” Senior Claire Costilow said. “I think that the activities we have before the color war will be a lot of fun as well, but I am looking forward to the color war where I can just throw color at people.”

The cost of participating in “Clash of the Classes” is $25 before January 20th, and $30 after that date. This money will afford students entry, a themed t-shirt, and powder for the color war.

“The goal of the event is to host a function that provides a time for students to get to know each other, to make student council known within the school, and also to serve as one of our fundraisers,” Gullett said.

Although Clash of the Classes is meant as a fun activity for the students, the proceeds from it will also fund other school events in the future.

“Student council is responsible for Homecoming,” Gallagher said. “We provide all the crowns and the sashes. But we just don’t have any money in our account. The first thing we need to do is set up some money so that we can move on to the rest of what we are responsible for paying for for the school. And prom is right around the corner. We’re responsible for the decorations and getting you guys ready for prom. Right now we have no money for prom. There’s just a lot of things that need to be replaced and put together in Vandegrift style.”

All in all, this event is sure to be one of the most exciting things to happen this year. However, “Clash of the Classes” will only be as fun as the students decide to make it be.

“I encourage all students to come, because this is not a one time event, but one that STUCO hopes will become a tradition for the future classes of Vandegrift High School,” Gullett said. “This is going to be the best event of the year and you’re not going to want to miss it!”