On June 4, Middle School students got a day out of the classroom and onto the field for one of their favorite end-of-year activities: Field Day. The sun was bright and the music was loud, giving the event a vibe that was more celebratory than competitive.
There were the traditional athletic activities—relay races, the long jump—in which students competed against one another, either individually or in teams. There were also cooperative activities, including one that featured several hula hoops strung from a goalpost. Students had to lift up their friends and slide them through the rings until everyone was on the same side.
“It was a little bit hard to work together because in the competitive [events], it’s just you,” said Langston ’26. “In this one someone’s life was in your hands and if you dropped them they could hit their heads.”
Mackenzie ’26 admitted that being passed hand to hand was somewhat nerve-racking—especially since, as one of the more diminutive fifth-graders, she was often threaded through one of the topmost hoops as her classmates tried various strategies to complete the challenge within the time limit.
“Sometimes it was scary, but I trust my classmates,” she says. “They’re part of my team, and I know that someone will be on the other side and they’ll catch me.”