With streaks of war paint on their faces and bandanas tied tightly around their foreheads, the students of CCHS crowded into the gym on November 1 for Crazy Feats, an intense battle of the classes. The popular homecoming event features unusual challenges that encourage unification within the classes while cultivating friendly competition between them.
As the stands began to fill up, students sang along to the throwback music blasting from the speaker, their excitement mounting with each new Backstreet Boys song. Each class occupied a corner, with freshmen in white, sophomores in black, juniors in red and seniors representing all three colors in their class shirts. The Student Government Association (SGA) worked to pump up the crowd, leading chants within their respective classes. Before long, the gym echoed with clapping, cheering and feet stomping on the stands.
Emceed by SGA executive board member Jennifer Burleton, the event kicked off at 6:00 with a cup stacking contest that put seniors in the lead, their pyramid of cups towering above the basketball court. Freshmen came in second, followed by the juniors and the sophomores.
After a brief period of celebration in the senior section, attention was soon turned toward the next task: the “Tape a Teammate” challenge. The lightest student from each class was chosen, and within three minutes they were duct-taped to the wall of the gym, each one hoping that they won’t fall first. After gravity got the best of the juniors and freshmen, the sophomores and seniors went into a tie that lasted for nearly an hour before it was broken by a rock-paper-scissors match. The seniors came out on top.
“Getting taped to the wall may seem like a weird thing to take joy in but I actually look forward to it every year,” senior Isy Tocci said. “Up on the wall is the best view of all of the events and crowd, [it’s kind of] great being separated from everything and seeing from a different point of view.”
As the night went on, the freshmen won the bobsled race, the juniors won the orange pass, the seniors won the wheelbarrow race, the egg race, blindfolded musical chairs, and chicken toss, and the freshman class sponsor Steven Franzone Jr. and assistant principal Carla Hozebin won the faculty balloon hop.
With the classes watching intently, shouting back and forth across the gym, and dancing in their seats, crazy feats was an intense battle until the end. Many of the students had been going for multiple years, with some of the seniors returning for their fourth and final time.
“Freshman year, I went to crazy feats because it sounded fun and some of my friends were going,” senior Hannah Cohen said. “Now as a senior, it means so much more to me. It’s about coming together as a class, cheering each other on and capitalizing on our individual strengths.”
After four years of working toward the trophy, the class of 2018 claimed first place at Crazy Feats. Needless to say, the senior section erupted into ecstatic chaos.
“Winning was a great feeling [because] we knew that after four long years our time would come to get that trophy,” senior Ethan Roberts said. “It was way better than I even imagined the moment to be like.”
Photo by Ben Milgram