Min Park and Adam Cohen
On the first Sunday of December, the Newton South senior class hosted the first Fall Classic, a fundraiser for prom expenses consisting of several exciting activities and competitions against Lexington High School.
The competition was based on a point system, in which the school that was awarded the most points would receive the majority of the profits made during the event as well as the title of “Fall Classic Champions.”
Senior Vice President Rhea Dudani says that she reached out to Lexington High School because Newton South has never played against Lexington students and she hoped that would spice up and provide a new experience for both high school students.
“We decided ‘how about we throw in a bunch of ammateur seniors and have a rule that you are only allowed to have this many girls, this many boys, this many varsity players and have the same rules apply to Lexington and see what happens that way,” Dudani said.
Adding on, junior Isabella Xie remained surprised by the number of Lexington High School students present since the event was hosted at Newton South.
Xie says that although the actual events were organized well and set up thoroughly, it was disappointing to see the lack of South spirit on the field.
“I think the event was very well set up and I think it was really nice but since it was right after the pep rally, a lot of senior class officers seemed to be overwhelmed and I think had less time to prepare for this than the pep rally,” Xie said.
Agreeing with Xie, junior Shannon Laughlin said that the event was a lot of fun; however, it could be improved by more promotion and a more convenient time.
“I believe that it was a smart choice anyways since instead of having kind of a boring bake sale and just asking people to donate money, it’s a very interactive and fun activity that two schools can come together and bond over,” Laughlin said.
Laughlin participated in the futsal game, even though the game was meant to be played mostly by seniors, however, there were not enough seniors who volunteered, and so Laughlin stepped in instead.
While playing, she says that she noticed South’s students’ positivity and spirit, which ultimately led to South’s victory for the entire event.
“I think the biggest reason for our win was our positivity and spirit that seems to be present in our school especially in sports games, theatre shows, and other school events. I think our school really brings the spirit and joy to a lot of activities, the cheering and the hype was the vibe of the room and I think that contributed to our win,” said Laughlin.
Senior class officer Ruslan Crosby believes that this event was successful and fun, however he hopes that the Class of 2018 can learn from the shortcomings of this event and make adjustments from there.
Crosby says the officers decided to host the event on Sunday because they assumed that students would have been more busy on a Friday or a Saturday.
Although the event was originally supposed to happen in late October, the event kept getting pushed back to December due to timing issues.
“In theory it’s supposed to happen in the fall, but it was supposed to rain on a certain sunday then Thanksgiving happened so we said lets push it back to the first Sunday of December, and because of certain issues that we couldn’t necessarily control, it became a semi-winter fall classic,” Crosby said.
Although Crosby knows that this event is intended to to be hosted back and forth between South and Lexington, if future classes decide to continue with the event, he personally stresses that the competition should be between South and Newton North.
“I personally think that future classes should keep the idea of the fall classic but get rid of the Lexington piece of it and get the North class office to participate. Lexington does not provoke as much rivalry, because we don’t know them. But for South and North there is a sense of strong rivalry and I think people would really go for that,” Crosby said.
This strong rivalry between South and North would not only increase student interest and attendance to the event, it will also lead to more money being raised for prom expenses.
Even with these delays, Laughlin expresses that the Fall Classic was entertaining, and says that the seniors created this event to be very successful.
“Since this year has been so crazy and chaotic with schoolwork, and it was a good time for me to relax and relieve my stress, and overall just have fun, because usually I am spending my weekends doing homework but this was an alternate activity that actually led to less stress and overall just having fun at my school,” Laughlin said.
For Laughlin, the admission price and food price of $6 and $4 respectively was appropriate since most people present were willing to pay and help the cause.
“I knew a lot of people that came in the wrong entrance, but a lot of people went out of their way to the front to make sure that they paid their fee because they actually cared about raising money for the school and for the senior class,” Laughlin said.
Agreeing with Laughlin’s perspective on the event, senior Brian Liu says that though events like the pie eating contest were fun, more people needed to attend in order for fundraiser to be more successful.
Continuing with Liu’s point, Crosby thinks that the Class of 2018, the next senior class, should prioritize promoting the Fall Classic excessively.
Crosby says that the best way to ensure everyone knows about the Fall Classic remains to begin planning and organizing early, which thus makes the event accessible and known to all.
“It was a good time, it went well overall all things considered, but hopefully 2018 does it, learns from our mistakes, and gives everyone a better product next year,” Crosby said.