Steamboat school hosts winter ‘Olympic’ games |

Steamboat school hosts winter ‘Olympic’ games

Lowell Whiteman student Torey Brooks leads the effort to help her team win the tug of war Monday afternoon at The Lowell Whiteman's School winter Olympics. Students and faculty took part in a number of after-school events designed to bring students closer together while having a good time.
John F. Russell

— The Lowell Whiteman School teacher Joanne Lasko said Monday that her school has hosted winter "Olympic" games near the start of spring for as long as she can remember. The games historically started with ski jumping on a small hill behind the rustic campus, then the events became more and more unique. Weather is also a nonfactor, and the games always go on.

"It's a cool little Whiteman tradition," Lasko said as a pack of Whiteman students climbed the ski hill Monday with buckets and trash bins and prepared to race down on them. Some of them were in costume.

Other Olympic events Monday included a three-legged race, tug-of-war in a muddy parking lot, a doughnut eating contest and king of the hill. There was also an event to see which team could toss a freshman the farthest onto a mat in a gymnasium.

Junior Seth Zegelstein didn't win Monday's race event down the ski hill Monday, but he had fun trying.

"I should have used a bigger trash bin," he said. "It was really fun and exciting. You just have to be engaged, and then these events are really fun. "

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He added that Monday's games were a welcome chance to get out of school early and enjoy some snow, as slushy as it was.

Charlie Lakin, the student government president who organized this year's games, said they help boost morale at the campus.

"It's a break from academics, and this is our longest stretch of school between breaks," the senior said. "Everyone can just relax and have fun and not worry about homework. This is slightly more relaxed than the Olympics. It's a fun group of activities that everyone can participate in."

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