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Dog piles, dances and graveyard dashes: Take a look at Dimond High’s Spirit Olympics

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 25, 2020
  • Published January 24, 2020

From top, Hailey Hand, Lauren Madden, Mauri Butzke and Mallory Thoma compete in the Dog Pile. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

The annual Spirit Olympics filled the Dimond High gym with 70 minutes of hysteria and hilarity Friday afternoon as students and faculty members competed in an assortment of oddball events. They were divided into five teams and everyone in attendance — pretty much the entire student body — wore team colors that matched the colors of the Olympic rings: red for seniors, yellow for juniors, blue for sophomores, green for freshmen and black for faculty.

There were traditional games like tug-of-war — an easy victory for senior-class football players — and there were non-traditional games, like the graveyard relay (a shuttle relay that uses humans instead of hurdles) and a hula hoop/rock-paper-scissors challenge (a row of several hula hoops with two people on opposite ends who hop from hoop to hoop with both feet, sort of like a slalom skier, until they meet somewhere in the middle, where there’s a rock-paper-scissors game to decide who stays alive).

Lem Wheeles, a social studies teacher and student government adviser, organizes the games, which date back to 2014.

“We were at a low point in school spirit," he said, "and our senior class said, ‘Our class is lame; we’ve gotta do something to get them going.’ It was a Winter Olympics year, so we did the Spirit Olympics.’’

The senior class captured the gold medal this year with nearly twice as many points as the silver-medal junior class and bronze-medal sophomore class. But the faculty had the best T-shirts. They were black with the words “Dimond Spirit Olympics” above five Lynx logos arranged in the same pattern as the Olympic rings.

— Beth Bragg

The junior class celebrates scoring points. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Senior Aimee Chico draws a picture blindfolded in the Blind Drawing event. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Ian Cruikshank, left, holds the legs of fellow junior Noah Rygh during the junior class dance performance. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
From left, Rolan Peau and Iese Sala help lead their tug-o-war team to victory. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Junior Will Fagerstrom gathers rubber balls in the Hungry Hippo game with help from a teammate. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Dimond teacher Katheleen Navarre helps lead the staff team in a dance. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Mikaela Lawrence celebrates a win in the Hula Hoop/Rock-Paper-Scissors event. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Senior Isaiah Moses dashes over his teammates in the graveyard relay event. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
Noah Hoeffer is wrapped in tape for a game that involves rolling on the floor to see how many playing cards he can get to stick to him in the Sticky Pickup event. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
The senior class cheer after claiming victory in the Dimond High Spirit Olympics. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)