College Olympics Breeds Leadership and Healthy Competition

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The roar of competition resonated throughout Shore Road’s hallways as sixth-grade students participated in the annual Sixth-Grade College Olympics. Dressed in college team colors and attire, the students battled it out on the gymnasium floor as they competed in various athletic challenges throughout the day.

Principal Patrice Matthews explained that the annual activity is one that allows students to truly use their leadership skills. Each team elects two team captains, who are responsible for choosing team members and making sure that each team is balanced and includes individuals of all levels. In addition, all preparation for the competition is done outside of classroom time.  
“It’s an activity that necessitates a great amount of leadership and teamwork skills,” Ms. Matthews indicated. 

Teams included the Penn State Nittany Lions, UCLA Bruins, Michigan Wolverines, Maryland Terrapins, Oregon Ducks, North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orangemen. Students played basketball, jumped rope, hit the floor for push-ups and sit-ups and came together for various team activities.

Teacher Brian Scott described the competition as one that “promotes camaraderie among the students, as well as sportsmanship and healthy competition,” values that fall in line with the district’s theme “Mind, Body and Heart.”