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Pictures are worth 1,000 words. In this case, one is worth 82,500 notes on Tumblr and thousands of comments on Reddit.
Sophomore Ella Laniado took a picture of principal Jennifer Price dressed as Effie Trinket, a character from The Hunger Games, during the Tiger Hunger Games, which were Tuesday C-block on the multi-purpose field.
The Games were a part of One School One Book. For the event, Price dressed up as Effie Trinket by wearing a costume and face paint and driving around the field on a motorized scooter.
Laniado’s friend, freshman Naomi Forman-Katz, posted the picture on her Tumblr, where it received thousands of notes.
On how popular the picture has become, Forman-Katz said, “I didn’t expect to get so many notes, and it was really weird and somewhat exciting when people kept reblogging the picture.”
“A lot of people who reblogged it commented on how fantastic this school and the principal are, which was really fun to read because it’s 100 percent accurate,” she said.
“I even had one person message me and ask what school I go to because he wants to work there as a teacher,” Forman-Katz said.
Price said, “It is amusing to me that it is such a sensation. I want students to feel proud to be part of this school.”
When the physical education/health and wellness department and the Library Learning Commons decided to put on a Hunger Games, Price said, “My primary goal is to support my teachers and students, so of course I wanted to play Effie Trinket.
“It was really fun and exciting to have the entire school together and for students to see their principal in that way. We work really hard at this school, and it is important to have fun and laugh with one another,” Price said.
Douglas Abrams and Leah Budson contributed to this article.
by Douglas Abrams
“My adrenaline has yet to subside,” said sophomore Sean Fitzpatrick immediately after winning the Tiger Hunger Games, which was C-block today on the multi-purpose field.
The athletic and library departments created the Tiger Hunger Games for One School One Book. Through the Games, “our goals were to have everyone in school read The Hunger Games and to promote conversation on certain thinking points,” said athletic director Tom Giusti.
The Tiger Hunger Games consisted of seven physical and mental challenges and 26 students, who represented the 13 districts of Panem, the setting of The Hunger Games. After each challenge, physical education and health and wellness teachers eliminated four students who were unable to complete the task set before them. The final round consisted of the two remaining students.
Principal Jennifer Price drove a motorized scooter; spoke in a shrill voice; and wore white face paint, an orange jacket and a white wig, to imitate Effie Trinket, the character who announces the District 12 tributes in The Hunger Games.
Price offered commentary throughout the Games, and between each challenge, she asked audience members questions about The Hunger Games.
In the first stage, student tributes stood inside hoola-hoops in a ring around the center circle of the field. Students had to gather as many supplies as they could from inside the circle and bring them back to where they were standing. At the same time, students had to protect their supplies from others who attempted to steal them. This challenge simulated the cornucopia scene from The Hunger Games.
In stage two, students threw objects at designated areas on the field to score points.
In stage three, students crawled underneath hurdles to collect four balls. Tributes could only take one ball at a time and had to place them in a bucket.
In stage four, the tributes answered trivia questions pertaining to The Hunger Games. The four students who answered questions incorrectly or did not answer questions were eliminated.
In stage five, students tried to hold balls in their lap while crab walking across a small section of the field.
In stage six, tributes were challenged to build pyramids out of cardboard disks by moving them from one peg to another.
Fitzpatrick and sophomore Theo Resnick were the final two competitors. For the final challenge, Fitzpatrick and Resnick shot arrows at a target from 20 yards away. Fitzpatrick clenched the victory because one of his shots was closer to the bull’s eye than Resnick’s.
Fitzpatrick said, “I honestly did not think that I would get past stage two, so I am really excited that I won.”
Guisti said, “There was great participation and the games were done in true Newton North fashion.”
Over 200 students applied to be tributes, Guisti said. Although so many students applied, only 26 students were able to participate. Below is a list of the tributes.
- District One: senior Kristian Sumner and Fitzpatrick
- District Two: seniors Tara Cabache and Kris Labovitch
- District Three: seniors Bridget Gillis and Michael Kaye
- District Four: senior Sarah Sylvia and sophomore Noah Carlen
- District Five: Resnick and sophomore Tess Simmons
- District Six: sophomores Kerry Brock and Isaac Landman
- District Seven: sophomore Elena Rodriguez and freshman Maxwell Kozlov
- District Eight: freshmen Eliza Breslar and Christian Aguilar
- District Nine: juniors Shannon Fitzgerald and Anthony Vitone
- District Ten: juniors Mackenzie Dreese and Solomon Mercurio
- District Eleven: freshmen Mirabelle Espady and Sam Wayne
- District Twelve: freshmen Cliff Jewett and Makayla Seto
The event will be held on the multi-purpose field during C-block and will consist of seven different challenges, according to athletic director Tom Giusti. At the start, there will be 26 “tributes.” Each of the first six challenges will eliminate four “tributes” and the last two “tributes” will compete in the final challenge in the center of the field, Guisti said.
Students can volunteer to participate tomorrow in homeroom. Then, next Wednesday in homeroom, principal Jennifer Price will draw and announce the 13 boys and 13 girls who will participate in the Hunger Games reenactment.
The physical education/health and wellness and Library Learning Commons departments are working together to plan this event.
“I think it’s a really creative idea to physically reenact the Hunger Games,” junior Bethany Lehman said. “Giving the words of The Hunger Games an actual presence in our school will make it a memorable reading experience and an exciting one.”