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Ducking and diving: NHS students throw annual dodgeball tournament

Ria Talukder, Co-Spotlight Editor

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Jack Sanborn, senior, gets ready to throw his dodgeball. Sanborn participated as a member of the winning team "Brotherhood", who competed in the final at the NHS dodgeball tournament.

Students dodged and served their community last Thursday to raise money and awareness for Charity Bash at the National Honor Society’s annual dodgeball tournament.

NHS invited any grade level to participate at this event last Friday night at the Field House. Volunteers from the club came together under the leadership of Austin Myhre, junior, and Riley Pemstein, senior, who assigned each NHS member as a referee, concessions worker, time keeper, and overall making sure the event ran smoothly. The event started with multiple teams playing each other in small games before culminating in a championship between two undefeated teams: the “Brotherhood” and the “40 Thursdays”.

“I heard a ton of cheering from the audience and players cheering on their teammates. There was a lot of feedback coming from the audience,” Haley Eder, senior and NHS president, said. “When it got down to Forty Thursdays and the Brotherhood playing against each other, everyone got super involved and pumped up. Everyone was really invested to see who the winner was.”

Although the eventual winners were Brotherhood, Eder believes that the tournament was more about promoting the message of Elyssa’s Mission (this year’s choice for charity bash) and raising money for this cause.

“I saw many teams come together after only having one player left on the court, and then all of a sudden having them all back,” Eder said. “They used a lot of teamwork. I think that is a very important skill in life, because it not only brings friendships closer but [teamwork] makes you feel better as a person which can inhibit those negative thoughts, which is really what Elyssa’s Mission wants to promote.”

Even if a student was not actually on the court, their support for Elyssa’s Mission was evident, Sophie Young, senior NHS member, said. Young said the attendance surprised her at the game and that she “appreciated all the people coming out and helping charity while supporting their friends.”

“The turnout was bigger than I expected. I think of dodgeball as one of those dreaded PE sports, but kids actually really got into it and had a lot of fun. Everyone was having a blast in the stands,” Young said. “People support the tournament every year because it’s an easy way to donate while also having a memorable experience with your friends, siblings, teammates, [or] whoever you play with.”

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Ria Talukder, Spotlight Co-Editor

The most important thing you need to know about Ria is that Shonali is her real name.  This will be her second year on staff as the co-editor of Bear Facts’ Magazine’s spotlight section. In the previous year, Ria wrote for LZ life and contributed to the online and print publications for Bear Facts. With the very little time she doesn’t spend dedicated to Bear Facts, Ria spends on being an officer for the school’s Technical Theater Club, an editor for Yearbook, a member of NHS and the speech team, a FAME leader, and frequenting rides on the Metra to Wicker Park. You can spot her around the school probably in the Performing Arts Center- she’ll be the one wearing the paint splattered Doc Martens. Interests and favorites include Bollywood films, her beloved paint splattered Doc Martens, Hot Cheetos, and Harry Styles. She plans on double majoring in business and journalism at NYU and hopes to one day be an individual that Harry Styles would be proud of.

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