Students from Middle School swam, ran, jumped, and played basketball and soccer, competing on behalf of their house, during the first ACS House Olympics for the Middle School.
It was a sunny Friday morning when ACS’s six houses, the Wizards, Griffins, Phoenix, Titans, Dragons and Indriks, vied against each other on April 8, 2016.
More than 200 middle schoolers headed to the American University of Beirut Green Field to compete in eight categories: swimming, mile run, basketball, soccer, 100m, 400m, long jump, and the 4x100m relay.
“We had been wanting to hold a sports competition for two years,” said Nouwar Beydoun, Physical Education teacher. Beydoun, and her colleagues Joseph Nohra, Kim Evans, and Andrew Trozzi from the PE Department were the organizers of the event. “Students were so excited to participate in this first house competition that we kept on registering them up to minutes before the competition started.”
Beydoun added that while they had expected to have one team per house, they had ended up with three teams per house. “It was absolutely great!” she said.
“Such activities build leadership, collaboration, and a team spirit, in addition to developing physical fitness,” she added. “Students took the initiative to organize their house teams and to make sure that even the weaker athletes got to participate.”
PE teacher Joseph Nohra said, “Students were so happy with the event that they started asking about the next one already, urging us to make sure we have it every year.”
After stiff competition among the houses, lots of cheering and excitement, the results came out as follows:
Top ranked were the Wizards, followed by the Griffins and the Phoenix. The Titans, Dragons, and Indriks placed in the last three slots, respectively.