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Greek Olympic tradition continues at Glenwood Jr. High

November 6, 2019
The Town Crier

The Greek Olympic Games were held at the Glenwood Junior High arena on Oct. 18. The entire seventh grade student body took part in these friendly competitive games such as foot races, math 24, javelin and discus events, and even a hula hoop contest.

Students were divided into four academic teams.

"There are a total of 23 different events for the kids to choose from. We have some athletic events as well as things such as Greek trivia Kahoot and even a corn hole tournament," said Carlo Cordon, the "leader" of Team Thebes and one of the four history teachers in charge of these games.

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Trophy winners in the BGJHS Greek Olympic Games are as follows: In front row kneeling are Lainey Beadle, Jean Fort, Sophia Martin, Zoe Martin, Eva Rea, Kendra Wallace, Laci Jurus, Marissa Funk, and R.J. Keating. In second row are Sarah Bero, Ryan Shearer, Kieth Smith, Kyle Hoffman, Eric Konik, Landon Whippo, Sir Watkins, Ivan Jackson, Haley Eynon, Lillian Andrews, Adam Begg, and Zach Haas. Teachers overseeing the Olympics and in proper attire, in the back row, are Carlo Cordon, Greg McAtee, Ian Head and Tom Basista.

Along with sportsmanship and camaraderie, the best part of these Glenwood Games are the kids who win their event.

"We tally up points and award trophies," said Tom Basista, social studies teacher from the "Spartan" city-state.

What do students receive if they come in second or third place? "Nothing," said Mr. Cordon "Just like in the Ancient Olympics-only the winner received a gift. Back in 776 BCE, the gift was a wreath of olive branches. As much as we would love to duplicate that, we think the kids enjoy their trophy more."

 
 

 

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