Spring Smash Relay Competition
second of the two Spring Smash warm up events was a house relay on the Yiill
Family field. The teams were made of a member from each grade in the house with
the anchor leg run by the Housemaster. It was certainly a spirited affair but
the speed and depth of Sifton's team, anchored by their Housemaster Mr. Ramon,
was too much for the others. They ultimately cruised to the win followed by
Perrier and Memorial.
Spring Smash 3 Point Shooting Competition
kick off finish our second last Spring Smash fundraising week, the McEwen
Leadership Program hosted a Inter-House 3 point shooting competition in the
Bedard gym. It was a spirited affair, but Owen Hollett of Ramsey House ultmately
pulled ahead of the rest after sinking 6 straight 3 pointers and scoring on 11
of his 15 shots. Leo Li of Memorial secured second place scoring on 9 of 15 of
his shots, and Mario Vasquez for Flavelle earned 3rd place in a "shoot-off".
With limited events left, it seems that one of the boarding houses has locked up
the Housser Cup; the question will be which one....
Best Company Challenge - Brian G. Armstrong
culmination of our cadet season is our Annual Inspection. Up to this point,
cadets have been working diligently on their drill to be perfect for this event.
This year, a day company, Ramsey / Perrier Company was named best company by the
Maj. McCue and his senior Cadet Leadership Team. This marks the second time time in
2 years that a non-Boarding Hose company has secured this prestigious
SAC Spring Highland Games - Truck Pull
Apr. 27th, the US participated in a Spring AC Highland Games competition which
featured two events. In the first event, the 4500lb truck pull, teams of 4
students and their Housemaster were asked to pull a pickup truck which had 6 of
their housemates in the back. Flavelle house was able to cruise down the 35yd
track and earn the victory closely followed by Sifton and Memorial House.
SAC Spring Highland Games - Caber Toss
the second event, of the highland games, students competed in a Caber Toss
Competition. Only two competitors advanced to the final round having
successfully tossed the 85lb, 10ft. long caber. In the finals, Gabe Wallace (Flavelle
Clan) was able to throw a perfect (12:00) caber. Dalton Lehman (Perrier House /
Craig Clan) also successfully completed his throw but it was only (11:30). As
such, Gabe secured the victory for Flavelle House and a Sweep of the Highland
February Clan Floor-ball Championships
Feb. 9th, the Upper School took a break to compete in a full school floorball
competition. Grade 9 and 10 teams took to the floor in Yuill Gym, and from the
outset it seemed that Macdonald House and Flavelle were the teams to beat as
they dominated their first few games. Ultimately, these teams met in the finals,
and in a back-and-forth affair, Macdonald was able to edge out Flavelle by a
score of 3-2. In the Bedard gym, the competition between senior (Grade 11 and
12) house teams was intense. Ultimately, however, Ramsey's team (made largely of
top grade 10 student hockey players) was able to upset the perennial powerhouse
from Memorial in an action packed game. Congratulations to all teams!
Interhouse Math Competition
part of our February "Spirit Day", top mathematicians from each house competed
in a contest hosted by our resident Math Don, Ms. Emily Whitten. The
competitions were given one hour to solve a number of challenging problems, and
the winner was the team that was able to earn the most amount of points for
their answer. The team from Flavelle, led by top math students Ben Ding, cruised
to an easy victory earning 140 of a possible 150 points. In Second, 7 points
behind was the team from Sifton followed by Perrier.
NHL 2K18 McPherson Inter-House Tourney
recognize McPherson Tournament week, the Outreach Council hosted their annual
NHL2K18 tournament. All eyes were on the tournament favorite, Cole Galata from
Laidlaw House, as he was revered as one of the top online NHL PS4 Players on the
PS4 Network. Without question, the hype was real. Cole cruised to the the
championship outscoring his opponents 13-4 through three games. In second, was
NHL 2K18 newcomer and crowd favorite Kevin Desautels (Macdonald House). Laidlaw
moved closer "to the pack" with the win, but Laidlaw still has a lot of work to
do to make up ground on the boarding houses. The next event on Feb. 9th will be
a significant one, however, and give all teams plenty of opportunity to move up
in the standings, regardless of their current position.
January Clan BBall Festival
Jan 12, the Upper School celebrated Basketball at St. Andrew's by hosting 3
Basketball Clan Competitions. In the Yuill Gym, Junior teams (Gr. 9 and 10) from
each house battled on the hardwood for 3-on-3 supremacy, and the seniors (Grade
11 and 12's) did the same in the Bedard Gym. In Ketchum Auditorium,
representatives from each house competed in a PS4 NBA 2K18 tournament on a 50
foot projected screen with full surround sound. Every event proved to be very
competitive, and in the end, Laidlaw (Perrier Clan), Ramsey (Ramsay Clan), and
Memorial (Buchanan Clan) ultimately won the Junior, Senior, and PS4
championships respectively. A great showing by the Day Houses significantly
closed the gap between them and the Boarding Houses. Ramsey, in particular,
had a great day as their success in all three tournaments helped them jump two
spots in the overall standings . Congratulations to all teams for an incredible
tournament, and thanks to all of the spectators who came out to support their
Movember Clan Competition
once again had an amazing Movember campaign, raising $14,782 for Men's Health
research. This year, two Movember events pitted Clans against one another in a friendly challenge.
The first one was a fundraising challenge where houses were awarded points by
their ability to raise money for this cause, and second, a Instagram
Challenge where Mo-participants would post pictures of their House Mo-group on
Instagram, and ultimately compete against other houses in a friendly bracket for
Congratulations to Smith House (Chattan Clan) for winning the Instagram bracket,
and to Perrier House who raised the most money for charity (an incredible
Inter House Dodgeball Championship
was a frenzied battle of whizzing dodge balls in the Bedard Gym on Thursday,
Nov. 23rd, as all of the US houses met to determine the top dodge ball house in
the Upper school. Houses were pitted based on current clan ranking, and some
stunning upsets in the first round saw only the boarding houses make it through
to the second round. Ultimately, however, Flavelle and Memorial squared off in
the final. In a back-and-forth affair, ultimately Flavelle prevailed, and was
crowned the Inter House Dodge Ball Champion for 2018.
The First Annual Inter House Trivia Competition
of the top trivia masters from each house converged in Ketchum Auditorium on
Thursday, Nov. 23rd for the first annual US Trivia Challenge. Dr. Joiner led the
group in 4 rounds of fast paced action with questions ranging from historical
events to science and astrophysics. The competition was tight, but in the end,
the team of Michael Kurp and Stephen Du pulled ahead of Memorial (Massimo
Giarusso and Axel Rivera) to earn the victory. Perrier mounted a late charge to
move up the leader board an finish in 3rd place. Congratulations to all
competitors, and many thanks to Dr. Joiner and all of the students who came out
to support their teams! Click
for a link to the final point
standings from the event.
The Annual HM Halloween Competition
Housemasters of all of the houses squared off on Oct. 31th for the fourth annual
HM Halloween Costume Competition. A lot of creativity went into this years
costumes, but ultimately, it was the effort of Mr. Fraser Shoemaker as Tony
D'Amato (Al Pacino)performing a stirring rendition the speech from"Any Given
Sunday" which earned Macdonald house (MacDonald Clan) the win. Ms. Lu's, Mr.
Jaekel's, and Mr. Ramon's Star Wars battle scene, earned Sifton (Stewart Clan)
second place, and Perrier's HM, Mr. Gilroy (Craig Clan) as Archie Andrews
from Riverdale rounded off the top three.
In addition, points were given out to the top costumes. Mario Vasquez from
Flavelle earned 40 bonus points for MacPherson Clan for winning the student
competition as "Magic Mario". Second was the Syncro Team (various Houses) who
shared the second bonus of 30 points, and third was Mikey Bahen (Perrier) and
Graham Stanley Paul (Macdonald) who shared 10 points for dressing up as King
Arthur and Patsy from the Holy Grail.
The Annual Inter-house Soccer Tournament
Friday, Oct. 20th, the entire Upper School celebrated our first "Clan Day" and
our unofficial "Summer in Fall" event on the Yuill Family Field. In addition to
the ice cream trucks, and the music provided by our resident DJ, Ricardo Hajj,
every house participated in an Inter House Soccer Tournament. The competition
was fierce, with many games being decided by one goal or less. In
however, the championship came down to two talented teams from Sifton and
Memorial. In this game Memorial battle
hard, but Sifton's attack was simply too much. With a 2-1 victory, Sifton
captured the 2017 Inter-house Soccer Crown!
Congratulation to all teams, and thanked to the Competition and Spirit Council
who organized the event. Click
here to see the
bracket / game scores.
The PS4 Madden Inter-House Tournament
the past few weeks, representatives from each clan have been battling one
another on the virtual gridiron for house glory. The final match came down to
the representative from Perrier House / Craig Clan (Mark Polemidiotis) against
Sifton House / Stewart Clan (Alex Ross). Without question,
Mark came to
play. Mark relentless defense reeling, and never let Alex get into the game. In
the end, Mark won handily by a final score of 28-0 on the strength of 4
interceptions, including 3 pick-6's. Huge thanks to the Madden fans who sold out
M34 for every match. The atmosphere was electric.
The 114th Annual Cross Country Run
Annual cross country run is one of the longest standing traditions at SAC going
back to 1903. The winner of the race earns the coveted Wallace Cup which has
only been awarded to 62 different students in the 118 year history of the
school. The Upper School run was won by Jack Bar
(Ramsay Clan) this year, followed by Chris Marton (Robertson Clan). In the Middle
School run, a fantastic performance by Nathaniel Bannister (Bruce) earned
him the win and a the Olympic Medal Plaque.
The US house places were determined by an algorithm that took into account the percentage of the house participating,
the overall average placing, and and the normalized average of the top and
bottom finishers in the house. In the end, Stewart was the clear winner of the, followed closely by Laidlaw (Robertson). Flavelle and Memorial finished in
3rd and 4th place respectively, separated by only a couple of placings.
Congratulations to all competitors for a fantastic race.
The Annual Shad Boat Race and Boat
the 5th Annual Shad Race, students from each clan battled along a 100m
stretch of the Shads in their inflatable boats. Mr. Shrimpton ultimately
determined the starting order based on the boat's design. Despite
earning the "pole position", Ramsey's boat could not hold off
charges from Flavelle who ultimately won the race, and Macdonald and
Perrier who were second and third respectively. Laidlaw's boat
unfortunately sprung a leak at the starting line and failed to
launch, and the team from Smith were disqualified shortly after the
start for leaving their boat and running along the river bed. The
event was a great start to the Inter-house event calendar, and
undoubtedly teams will be eager to earn as many points as possible
to secure the top seats in Chapel as well as earn their House and
Clan the coveted Housser Cup.