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Niles West Hosts the First Ever Wolfpack Games

Brandon Pieczka, senior, leaps over his teammates to make a slam dunk in the Slam Dunk Competition.

To build enthusiasm for Snowcoming and Winter Spirit Week, Niles West Student Activities hosted the very first Wolfpack Games on Feb. 6. They had teams compete against each other in an Olympic-style competition, playing games like tug-of-war and rock-paper-scissors. Teams were split by grade level and the sophomores took first place with a final score of 127 points.

The Wolfpack Games were inspired by a similar event created by another school. Student Activities Director, Caitlin Lucci, liked the idea and decided to put Niles West’s spin on it.

“In working with our Presidents Council of club leaders before winter break, [the Wolfpack Games] got the most votes in a ‘semester two fun events’ poll. Once we had plans for Snowcoming Winter Spirit Week, it felt like it would fit nicely into all the festivities. I believe that one of the most important parts of my job is to create meaningful memories for students beyond their regular school day, and I felt like this did that for participants and spectators,” Lucci said.

Teams were put together a few weeks before the event. During the time before the games, participants planned who they wanted to compete in each event. The sophomores created a solid system that helped them earn the win.

“We made sure as soon as we found out the games that we had a plan for each. The most fun part was just being with the team and being able to participate [in] all of the games,” sophomore team captain Milan Dotlich said.

The games provided an enjoyable and friendly rivalry for the contestants. Whether playing the round or watching from the side, the competitors relished every moment.

“My favorite game was spike ball because it was funny seeing all of the guys get so hyped for Scooter every time he got a point for the team. It was so fun interacting and trash-talking the other grades, even though we lost. In the end, we were all there to have fun competing against the different grades,” senior Marian Jamison said.

Students were excited for a chance to win and were left eager for more.

“I would definitely encourage other students to participate next year because it was such a fun competitive experience that also wasn’t that serious. Overall, the games were super fun, entertaining and funny, and I’m glad I got to be a part of them. I hope next year we do it again so the juniors can have redemption,” junior team captain Michelle Martcheva said.

Hope to see you at the next Wolfpack Games!

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