On Friday, May 1st, the Forest Trail/Valley View Challenge came to a close. There were a lot of tears shed, a lot of blood bled, and for the most part some very healthy laughs at the expense of each other. Forest Trail held a commanding 2-0 lead on challenges, but Valley View could still win the championship by winning all three challenges on this day. Here’s a recap:
Wii Challenge— Tennis skills, bowling prowess, and guitar ability were on display as Forest Trail staff members did battle with the 3 or 4 Valley View staffers that attended this part of the challenge. Remarkably, the Cardinals were able to pull out a 1st and 2nd place sweep on bowling, but managed only a 2nd place finish in tennis, and had no competitors for Guitar Hero, essentially forfeiting that event. With a 16-11 lead in the Wii competition, there was still a chance for a tie.
The Principal’s challenge was worth 5 points to the winning Principal’s school and bowling was the game mutually agreed upon. After opening with a flurry of strikes and spares, Valley View Principal Jennifer Dusek bowled a career high 148 points to put the pressure on Forest Trail Prinicipal Charles McCasland. Down 9 pins entering the final frame, McCasland made a spare and picked up a few extra pins for a final score of 156 (also a record high score for the event). This ended any chance for Valley View to win the championship this year, but the possibility of a shut-out loomed large.
Dodge-ball — Valley View’s team doubled in size for this event and it proved to be the difference. The games were fast and furious as both teams were out for blood. Aided by star tosser Ryan “Silver Fox” Sanderson, the Cardinals stomped the Falcons 2 games to none to claim the first challenge victory of the year and avoid a shut out.
Karaoke — The scene was Common Interest karaoke bar, and we were all treated to some amazing spectacles of singing mastery. Forest Trail was represented by over 20 staff members and what Valley View lacked in size, they made up for in stage presence. Songs performed throughout the night included Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” by FTE Principal and Wii Bowler extraordinaire Charles McCasland, accompanied by Jennifer Mueller. VVE Staff member Rebekah Smith did her part to carry the Valley View team as she belted out Heart tunes barefooted to the delight of the crowd. We heard renditions of Bon Jovi, Journey, Sir Mix-a-lot, Carly Simon, Vanilla Ice, and a show-stopping version of Don McLean’s “American Pie” which nearly brought the house down as over 15 Forest Trail staff members rushed the stage.
All-in-all, the 2008-2009 FTE-VVE Challenge was a great success. With new friendships and rivalries formed throughout this year’s events, I’ll be curious to see how it unfolds throughout the years and what other events will be brought into the mix. Thank both schools for making this a success and making us the envy of all the other elementary schools that are now looking to form their own school-on-school challenge. Here is the official score sheet, tallied appropriately on the back of a karaoke request form at Common Interest: