by Sarah Thiroway and Erin Farrell, juniors, Central Bucks East High School
No event during the Central Bucks East High School year inspires as much interclass rivalry as the annual Red, White, and Blue Night. Placing classes against one another in traditional fashion, sophomores, juniors, and seniors went head-to-head January 30th to prove which class was truly worthy of earning the coveted Patriot Cup.
Added to the East agenda in 2010, this event has quickly become a student and faculty favorite.
Despite rumors that the competition is rigged in favor of seniors, the juniors and sophomore classes are undaunted by the upperclassmen. Prior to the event, Yelena Wermers, junior, explained, “I love how competitive all the classes are; the atmosphere itself is awesome. I guess in sophomore year we didn’t have as much enthusiasm. This year, the juniors are going to bring it though – watch out seniors!”
Senior class president Lizzy O’Connell quickly argued, “Since sophomore year, the class of 2014 has always been a threat, so we’re ready to leave it all at our last Red, White, and Blue Night. This is our house.”
The competition itself quickly grew heated with events like the three-legged race, tug-of-war, the dizzy bat relays, and balloon pop. Even in school the day of the event, the auxiliary gym was flooded with the sound of vuvuzelas and arms and faces covered in their class’s paint. Few students came without at least some form of patriotic attire, varying from capes to tutus.
The night did not come without hard work. Students and class councils alike stayed for hours prior and after preparing the gym, transforming it from its daily appearance into one of the most competitive, spirited atmospheres in East’s history.
Despite the fervent class rivalry, the senior class managed to defeat the two younger classes in a close victory. Each class gave a good showing in posters and decorating, providing a startling turnout – even the sophomores, a class usually too afraid to come out and compete against the intimidating older classes – had a remarkable showing.
Throughout the competition, the sophomores held their own, winning events like Limbo and the Twizzler-Marshmallow competition. Kelsey Mulholland, sophomore, explained, “I thought it was fun seeing all three classes become involved, and it was an event I am glad that I could be a part of. I’m so excited to participate again next year!”
However, the juniors edged out in front of the sophomores, taking home victories in the girls’ Tug-of-War, though certainly their eyes are trained on next year’s competition to take home the trophy.
In spite of the valiant efforts of the other classes, the seniors managed to leave with a win. Absolutely destroying the other two classes in the boys’ Tug-of-War and trivia, the seniors were merciless in pursuing the victory they’ve been chasing for the past three years, taking home the Patriot Cup.
Senior Matt Gonsiewski commented, “We won that trophy with our blood, sweat, and tears.”
Another senior, Richard Hartung, explained, “We just work harder than anyone else. Best senior class to ever do it.”
However, regardless of who won, all classes can take Red, White, and Blue Night as a chance to unite as a school and appreciate East and the high school experience.
President Pablo Padin of the junior class wisely explained, “Our generation is often cited as being unappreciative of everything we have, but I would argue that Red, White, and Blue Night proves just the opposite. Over a hundred high school students gathering together to celebrate their school spirit says to me that our generation definitely realizes the incredible opportunities we have…appreciating how blessed we are to go to school here.”