PHS Senior Field Day full of fun

PELHAM – Finding creative ways to shake two ping-pong balls out of a rectangle tissue box strapped to your waist is a lot harder than it seems, said Pelham High School senior Stephen Daley.

The game, called “Junk in the Trunk,” was just one of many games PHS seniors played on Friday, March 24, during the school’s second annual Senior Field Day from 8 a.m. to noon. About 160 seniors signed up to participate in field day.

“It’s intense and serious competition,” senior Rodney Pettway said.

Students did everything from cartwheels and backbends trying to shake the ping-pong balls out of the tissue box.

“The games have definitely been interesting,” senior Kayla Palmier said. “Some of them are games that you normally wouldn’t think of.”

Senior Field Day coordinators and PHS teachers Alisa Creel, Jessica Schach and Julie Nelson said the games were their versions of challenges found on the popular game show Minute to Win It. Students had only a short amount of time to rack up as many points as possible at each of the nine games spread out around the school’s track and football field.

“What I love most about field day is that every student is involved because they rotate turns at each game, and whether you’re athletic or not you can still participate and have fun,” Creel said.

One game required students to use a broom with a paper plate duct taped to it to hit a marshmallow into a Solo cup. Some other games included Cornhole Toss, a relay race, and the javelin throw using swimming pool noodles. Each gaming station had a teacher present to keep score and make sure students followed game rules.

What made field day even more fun for students was that they were able to name and pick their own teams and team uniforms prior to field day. PHS principal Jason Yohn cooked a hamburger and hotdog lunch for the students with the help of some students from the Culinary Academy. The Frios Gourmet Pops food truck also stopped by the school to sell popsicles to students.

At the end of the day, first second and third place winners were named.

A senior luncheon will be held April 26-27 at noon on both days, and graduation will be a month later on May 25 at 7 p.m.