Homecoming: A Winning Week in Every Way
By William Fine, News Editor
Jesuit recently celebrated homecoming week with a slew of Mario-themed activities, presentation of the homecoming court, and the homecoming football game. The events included a Tricycle Mario Kart Race, a Super Smash Brothers Joust, a video game day, and the Senior vs. Faculty Football Game. All were very entertaining for both the participants and the spectators.
Homecoming Week was kicked off with the Mario Kart Tricycle Race. The race had an interesting format. Each tricycle had a two man team: one man to push the bike and the other member to steer. Both team members had to consume a whole banana to give them enough potassium to finish the race and for debris to inhibit other bikers. Then, the race began. Some tricycles were flying around the racetrack while others wrecked over banana peels or wrecked against the side walls. There were four qualifying heats and the winners of each raced in a school championship. Marcus Fontenot and Charles Jackson came out of the race as school champions.
Tuesday featured video games in the commons. Students had a choice of four different games: Mario Sluggers, Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and Mario Strikers. These games were played on six different television screens around the commons. The winner kept playing until he lost. The loser joined the large crowd of spectators reminding many of the Fifa-tournament atmosphere during the Lenten Mission Drive.
On Wednesday, one of the video games came to life. Students participated in brawls in an inflatable ring against some of their closest friends. A rainy day put a wrench in the plans. Students needed a change of clothes in order to fight. Participants then put on oversized boxing gloves and body slammed others onto the wet and slippery mat. These conditions made for unusual techniques and many, many falls.
The always entertaining Senior vs. Faculty football game was on Thursday. The seniors were led by quarterback Cameron Guernsey while Coach Jennings quarterbacked the faculty squad. The seniors started off with a flashy hook and latter. This led to a touchdown by the senior squad. The faculty responded with a touchdown run by Coach Jennings. The faculty then picked off Cameron Guernsey and turned that into a touchdown. The senior squad gathered themselves and responded with an impressive drive for a touchdown. After tying it up, it was all downhill for the seniors. The faculty scored twice in row to extend their lead to two touchdowns. The senior team made a desperation comeback and scored on a quick drive near the end of the game; however, it was not enough. The faculty won by a touchdown margin, although this makes no difference to the seniors who are under the impression that the class of 2015 is the victor.
The Blue Jay football team played their homecoming game on Friday. The student section, or “Gizzard,” was out in full force for the game. The team won their game 40-17 and at halftime the Homecoming Court was presented. Michael McMahon and his date Sophie Millet were crowned Homecoming king and queen.
Homecoming week was brought to a close after Saturday’s alumni mass honored Bill Babin as alumnus of the year. Hundreds of alumni and their spouses came to the mass.
It is times like homecoming week that bring the Jesuit community together and truly make Jesuit a special place.