BY NUHA ISLAM
The first day of homecoming week, the CCHS gymnasium was filled with color: first with pink and green taking opposing sides of the room, then blue and yellow.
Respectively, these clashing fields of color were the kickball rounds held between the classes as part of the Krazy Kickball event, the first in the annual lineup of many homecoming festivities.
The game was held on the evening of Monday, October 30 at 5 p.m., and during the day the student body wore colors to support their class’s team. Throughout campus, vividly-hued outfits dotted classrooms, with tutus and face paints being commonplace.
“I’m a full believer of showing school spirit,” sophomore homecoming court nominee Alexa Jaspan said. “I think it’s wonderful when everyone comes together for a common cause. It really builds a sense of community, which I think is important for places like schools.”
Between the loud cheering and pounding music, there was intermingling between the students sporting different colors of appeal, with laughter and good humor filling the spaces between rounds.
On the court, color was a source of sportsmanship between the fiercely competitive teams, whether they were on the bases, or up to kick.
Like all events organized by the Student Government Association (SGA), it aimed to help students find an entertainment outlet in the humdrum that is everyday school life.
“As important as academics are, you need to have fun to keep your sanity,” SGA advisor Natalie Flatan said. “It’s good to get involved and utilize the school environment as a way to have fun with your fellow students and friends. We choose kickball because it’s accessible for everyone, no matter how their experience in sports.”
Krazy Kickball has a special set of rules, like skipping to third base instead of running, that makes the game more enjoyable even for non-athletes. And while the extra rules were simple to understand, they worked to make players and onlookers more invested in the game, and brought a unique twist to classic kickball.
“When you look back and you see how much fun you had in your high school years with your friends, it makes it especially worth it to attend as many activities as possible,” senior Brianna Hutchins said. “Coming out to support my classmates is as rewarding as it is entertaining, especially since we won.”
The scores for the first rounds resulted in the seniors winning 3-0 against the freshman, and the juniors winning 1-0 against the sophomores. In the final match, the seniors and juniors tied 0-0, and a game of rock paper scissors was used to determine the seniors as the winners.
But even for those who weren’t apart of the winning team, the game provided a fun way to enjoy being part of CCHS’ wonderful community of staff and students.
“Extracurricular activities are beyond building your college resume, its getting yourself involved and just having fun,” junior class officer Alexandra Deso said. “Our school definitely has a lot of activities to offer, so I think we should take advantage of that.”
Photo by Benjamin Milgram