Field Day, 2017

John Lopez ’18

On Friday, April 21, Strake Jesuit’s long-awaited Field Day finally reappeared after being canceled last year due to stormy weather. The forecast was clear, and it was warm weather, a day filled with capture the flag, dodgeball, basketball, mechanical bull-riding, casual video games, and many more activities for the students. This year, something new was food trucks in the back of the Dining Hall. Nearing the end of the scheduled events, the student body gathered in the Competition Gym to represent their Houses: Xavier, Regis, Bellarmine, and Gonzaga.

Field Day is a day to unite the school community, bringing the faculty and student body together for a day off rigorous studying to enjoy a day of relaxation and just having fun.

After homeroom at 8:00 A.M. on a usual day, students were able to attend to open activities and scheduled events. Ping pong, basketball, dodgeball, and video games were favorites. Each student received his own unique schedule via email. Healthy snacks were provided in the courtyard, as well as the reliant Sage Dining and the newly implemented food trucks: Lunchbag sold breakfast sandwiches; El Topo sold their famous tacos, nachos, and corn; and Moo’s Creamery served a variety of different ice cream flavors. Field day was crammed with vitality, healthy snacks, and delicious street foods.

Towards the end of field day, students gathered in the Competition Gym to witness an easygoing basketball game between faculty and students. The student’s team consisted of football star Michael Purvey ’17, 6 foot 9 inches Varsity basketball player Michael Donlon ’17, Daniel Cho ’17, Andres Trevino ’17, and varsity basketball shooter William Brueggeman ’17. Meanwhile, the faculty team consisted of Mr. Polce, Mr. Mookie, Coach Garcia-Rameau, Coach Amorosa, Coach Baskin, Coach Marshall, and Coach Tim Kehoe. Soon afterward, each house battled against each other in a fierce tug of war, expressing their synergy as a team. Gonzaga House ended up first, followed by Bellarmine, Regis, and Xavier Houses.

By noon, students were dismissed and juniors proceeded to the Parsley Center for their Cross and Ring Ceremony rehearsal. Field Day was action-packed, relaxing, and most of all formed a stronger bond between the students and faculty. Field Day was a day to take a break from the daily struggles of school and to de-stress and unwind.