Tussey’s PRIDE (P for present, R for respect, I for integrity, D for decisiveness and E for effort) team put the secret incentive they had been planning for three weeks prior in to action Jan. 21.
The entire event details were kept to only PRIDE team members. “Sometimes it was hard to keep the secret because everyone kept asking, but no one said a word,” PRIDE member and sophomore Torie Gambol comments. PRIDE leader Amanda Adams explains why she kept the incentive a secret, “To encourage students to take a chance and have confidence in their abilities (and) to increase interest by keeping it mysterious.” Upper grades paid four PRIDE tickets while the lower grades paid five. Students earn these tickets by performing good deeds around the school such as helping fellow students.
Students were seated in the auditorium where another PRIDE team leader, Casey Flaherty, instructed students who were interested in coming on stage and performing the tasks asked of them to sit closer to the stage. Once seated there, students had the possibility of being called to the stage. The actual event consisted of nine phases: plane making, bottle flipping, a round of Family Feud, song guessing, questioning participators, a box stacking competition, a second round of Family Feud, a Rubix cube challenge and finally a PRIDE-inspired game.
For part one, participators were to create their best paper airplanes in the time allotted; once the time was up, they had to make their plane soar into the air off the stage. Only a handful of winners entered the next phase; almost everyone sat down without a prize. Once the winners of the airplanes were decided, the remaining participants were given quarter filled water bottles to try and recreate one of the many crazes of 2016: the bottle-flipping challenge. Only two were crowned winners of this activity and given torches. New students were then chosen for the next game.
The new participants on stage played a round of the famous game, Family Feud. There were questions ranging from the quietest animal to questions about the teachers in our halls. To create these questions, the PRIDE team used “teacher brainstorm and research,” explained Adams. The questions and answers were created from our very own students when they unknowingly filled out surveys. The next game was guessing popular songs from one second sound clips. The winners of these games were also given torches.
Another game was simply asking about the participators. Questions like what eye color they had or if they knew the zip code of Saxton were used. The student left after all of the questions was given a torch.
After the last game, there was a box stacking competition where participators ran around trying to stack as many boxes as possible and still make the rounds around the stage and down the stairs repeatedly. Another round of Family Feud was played by new participants followed by a Rubik’s Cube challenge where students tried to get as many matching colors on one side as possible. The last phase was the PRIDE inspired game.
As previously mentioned, PRIDE usually stands for pride, respect, integrity, decisiveness and effort, but for this event the PRIDE team decided to change the normal layout into Putty, Riddle, Intelligence, Dexterity and Exercise. The finale of the Titan Games consisted of all previous winners coming back up to perform multiple tasks using the new PRIDE. Five challenges following the guidelines of PRIDE were given out with ten minutes to perform all of them, students were allowed to pick which station they wanted to start with to avoid overcrowding.
At the putty station students had to sculpt a piece of Play-Doh into whatever subject they were given. At the riddle station students had to answer a riddle that was given. To complete the intelligence phase, the participants had to answer five questions correctly out of ten for younger students or twelve for older students. At the dexterity station students had to trace a coloring page and a quick goal in finger football. To pass the exercise station students had to do ten jumping jacks and run two laps around the auditorium chairs. For the higher grades, the winner was senior Sarah Bilger and the winner for the lower grades was fifth grader Brianna Gabrielson.
“I thought it was a lot of fun and hope that they do it again next year. The only thing I would change would be next year add new games and maybe a theme of the Titan Games,” stated sophomore Chad Morningstar. Adams commented, “We are planning on keeping it in our rotation of quarterly incentives but don’t know when exactly it will be used again. We were happy with the events, but are always open to suggestions to make our events better.”