Woodhull House Wins House Olympics

This past Saturday, Circle and Crescent Houses gathered in the Bowl to compete in the 17th annual House Olympics, which is hosted by the Admissions Office.

This past Saturday, Circle and Crescent Houses gathered in the Bowl to compete in the 17th annual House Olympics, which is hosted by the Admissions Office. Woodhull House won first place with 20 points, Carter House placed as first runner-up with 18 points, and Dickinson House came in third place also with 18 points. Despite Carter House’s tie in points with Dickinson House, the Admissions Office awarded Carter with the second place prize on the basis of its punctuality for the 3:30 PM House roll call.

Houses competed in a variety of events including tug-of-war, relay races, and the tricycle race. The games offered an opportunity for the participating Houses to earn House points and to showcase House spirit. On her experience of witnessing House Olympics for the first time, Rania Shah ’23 said, “House Olympics made me excited to join a House next year. The environment and energy just seems so fun.” She was particularly eager to witness the tricycle race which she fondly recalls being featured in an admissions video she watched when applying.

Tristan Yu ’22, a member of Woodhull, said, “The unity I felt during House Olympics really shaped my perspective on House pride [...] The House Cup is worth the damage to my voice box.” The event began with the traditional lighting of the torch and was immediately followed by tug-of-war. Each House entered 20 of its members into the competition with the remaining Housemates cheering on the sidelines. Among the Circle Houses, Cleve bested Hamill in the final matchup. In the bracket for the Crescent Houses, Stanley and Carter faced off in the finals with Carter taking the win.

Next, the relays took place on the Green Field. Woodhull won the first relay race of hippity hop, in which participants bounce on a large rubber ball across the field. Dickinson won the second relay, the three-legged race. Finally, in the potato sack race, Dickinson claimed victory amongst the Circle Houses, and Carter won amongst the Crescent.

For the last event, the tricycle race, competing Houses surrounded the Bowl. Four racers represented each House with one racer stationed in each zone of the Bowl. Woodhull completed the circuit first, which propelled Woodhull to a top finish. Houses then gathered in the Bowl for the announcement of the winners.

Overall, Annie Brown ’22 of the Carter House believes that the purpose of House Olympics extends beyond a “friendly competition.” She reflected, “House Olympics allows [students] to feel like [they] are really a part of something and have team spirit for not only Lawrenceville as a whole but also team spirit for a smaller community.”

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