Teachers beat their students…but only at basketball

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On Tuesday, January 31, around 400 students gathered in the gymnasium to watch students from different grades play the faculty in the annual student-faculty basketball showdown. In years past, there was only one game between the faculty and students, and only senior students were allowed to participate.  The money raised from this game was used to finance the basketball programs’ annual mission trip to Guatemala.

Unlike in years past where there was only one game, this year there were two separate half court games going on simultaneously. The winners of the two separate half court games competed in a full court game. The games that were played lasted ten minutes each. With the new format for the showdown, students were selected from grades 9-12 to participate. The faculty chosen for the game were selected by the people in charge based on who they believed would please the crowd the most.  

Unlike in years past where the benefits from this game were for missionary trips to Guatemala, this year the benefits are to fund a disabled artists gallery show. This art show is normally held by Goodwill, but Sara Michael Kennedy, Maclain Kennedy and Adam Malone decided to hold the art show at Prep for their Make A Difference project, or M.A.D. project. Each ticket costed 2 dollars and was mandatory for entrance into the game. The raffle tickets for the prize of a smoothie king gift card were $1. The money collected is to cover the cost of prizes that the artists have an opportunity to win. The winners of the gift card were John Nix Arledge, McKenzie Davis and Lincoln Sheffield.

With the game between faculty and students, the competitiveness between both groups was unlike ever before. With one faculty team having ex-WNBA player Juanita Ward, the determination and grit the opposing student team had was admirable. After 15 minutes of play, the faculty pulled away and routed the opposing team in game two. The final score was 23-16. Teacher team #1 was full of football coaches who were ready to prove their worth on the basketball court. The students put up a tough fight, but they fell to the teachers 34-28.

At the end of the day, whether your team lost or won, the proceeds of this game were beneficial for the school and enjoyable for all students.

Photo by Tori Newsome

Photo by Tori Newsome

Photo by Tori Newsome

Photo by Tori Newsome

Photo by Tori Newsome