BY NICOLE FRACZKOWSKA AND ISABLLE MARMARA
The Chinese Honors Society and the Chinese Club hosted the Winter Olympics on December 9 in the OBHS cafeteria. The event featured fierce competitions in a vast variety of games, such as Red Light/Green Light, Tug of War, Ping Pong, and a Ping Pong Balancing Contest. Medals were awarded to the winners of each game, and in the end, everyone received a gift bag full of surprises for their attendance.
The Olympic games and the World Cup inspired the CHS board to plan the Winter Olympics event. “The idea of getting lots of people to have fun participating in competitive activities, winning prizes, and just having a great time right before the winter holidays sounded perfect to us,” stated Shanman Liao, the CHS advisor. The event raised over $200, which will go towards senior scholarships.
Planning and setting up for the Winter Olympics required a lot of work from members of the National Chinese Honors Society and the Chinese Club. “We had multiple executive board meetings, and dedicated many hours to crafting beautiful decorations, from an Olympics banner to origami snowflakes,” explained President of the NCHS Anika Dugal. “The executive board members and volunteers worked hard to sell tickets, wrap goodie bags, design flyers, and promote the event.”
Attendees enjoyed delicious foods, such as crunchy spring rolls, stir-fried noodles, and a variety of chips provided by volunteers, Liao, and board members. “The food was amazing,” gushed Soham Agrawal “It definitely was the highlight of the event, along with the ping pong table.”
Overall, the event was a huge success and provided a nice way for students to experience Chinese culture and traditions. Everyone who attended had a blast participating in competitive activities and creating fond memories. “Overall, I enjoyed the experience because the activities were a mix of teamwork and individual skill. They were all easy to get the hang of, and I could enjoy the entire event with my friends,” stated Soham. The board awarded medals to the winners in an Olympic-style ceremony.
The Chinese Club and The Chinese Honors Society created an inclusive, exciting event that allowed students to come together to have an excellent time right before the holidays and break. “I’m thrilled with how our Winter Olympics turned out and loved that we were able to simultaneously celebrate Chinese culture and raise money for such a wonderful cause!” said Dugal.
Posted on 12/21/22
Photos by Nicole Fraczkowska and Isabelle Marmara