MAUMS students show team spirit in Patriot Day Challenge



BENNINGTON — Team spirit abounded on Thursday at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, as students participated in the Patriot Day Challenge.

Physical education teacher Tracy Galle said the spring celebration, which has been going on for about a decade, was taken over by a group of teachers this year. The goal was to make it more inclusive, with 100 percent of students participating in the events.

The event ran all day, and included challenges that tested students' physical abilities, mental abilities, and teamwork skills. Galle said the team with the most points would be named the overall winner, and that there would also be prizes awarded to the top teams in each grade, and to the winners of individual events.

Several of the challenges were inspired by television shows, including "Amazing Race," "Chopped," and "Minute to Win It." There was also a lip-synch battle – which included songs such as "I'll Make a Man Out of You," from the movie Mulan, and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" – as well as blindfolded puzzle solving, an outdoor barbecue, dancing, and much, much more.

In the Chopped challenge, students had 30 minutes to make a three-course meal made up of spaghetti, garlic bread, and a fresh berry smoothie, as well as completely clean their stations and present the food. Teachers judged the students' dishes on taste and presentation, and on how well their stations had been cleaned. In Minute to Win It, students participated in timed challenges, such as a mummy wrap, stacking cups while wearing mittens, and bouncing ping pong balls into cups.

There are seven teams of students at MAUMS, which are then further divided into advisories. The teams are Glastenbury, Okemo, Stratton, White Rocks, Delta, Ninevah, and Oasis.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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