Held on Friday inside the high school’s gymnasium, the battle of the classes involved many competitive events, which culminated Spirit Week, where students dressed according to daily themes to win their class points.
The event — scored by five judges who took into account ticket sales, decorations, a dance routine, performances in competitive events, class spirit and a human pyramid — saw the pink-dressed class of 2017 ride the theme “The Space Between Us” into first place.
The orange-clad class of 2018 took second place overall and the maroon-clad sophomores and the purple-clad freshmen tied for third place.
The events included traditional games such as a three-legged race, tug-o-war, musical chairs and an egg toss. In addition, teams comprised of 10 boys and 10 girls from each class rode small bicycles around garbage can obstacles in a relay, pushed each other like human wheelbarrows, tried to unfold frozen T-shirts and raced from one end of the gym to the other on a skateboard propelled by toilet plungers.
Students packed the stands dressed in their class colors, cheering on their team and their rivals.
As he does each year, Jeff Lamb, Milpitas High’s director of athletics, hosted the events.
Kaila Schwartz, a Milpitas High teacher and Trojan Olympic judge, said she couldn’t put into words how she felt about the Olympics.
“Trojan Olympics is always a highlight of the year. But this year’s games were extraordinarily spirited,” she said.
Milpitas High Principal Phil Morales said the Trojan Olympics was fantastic.
“Great display of Trojan pride and school spirit,” he said.
“The picture that is ingrained in my head was during the frozen T-shirt game, where the other classes were finishing in a quick pace and the freshman representative was falling behind, not able to get the shirt open,” Associated Student Body President Natalie Trinh said in an email this week. “The other girls went over to her and cheered her on, encouraging her and giving her tips on how to get it open. She tried and tried, and after a few minutes finally got it on. The sophomore representative, Skyler Pitre, picked her up and ran her over to her class, celebrating her.”
Trinh said that is what Trojan Olympics is all about.
“It’s not just pride for your own class, it’s pride for the school and what we stand for. Unity. Compassion. Selflessness,” she added.
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