PowderPuff 2016: Seniors Burn Down Junior Competition

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Credit: Keri Kelly/Achona online

Karlee Nipper, Feature's Editor

Student Council’s annual flag football game between the Seniors and Juniors, Powderpuff, was an event you could not miss, and if you did we feel really bad for you. Luckily, we’ve got it covered from the perspectives from those playing, face painting, coaching, working, and spectating the flag-ulous game.

Most do not know that Alejandra Lozano, Senior Student Council member, had been preparing months prior to this event. This definitely was not a game thrown together last minute; the theme, t-shirts, AHN guests, and extra activities were decided and perfected throughout a span of two months.

“Most people don’t know the preparation and effort put into our events. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes so that way when people show up they just have a great time. We make it as fun as possible for our AHN family,” states Lozano.

That is what she and Student Council did on Wednesday, April 6 with their competitive Avatar theme. Seniors as the Fire Nation showed incredible spirit with slogans such as, “Mess with the Fire Nation and you’re going to get burned,” and the Juniors as the Water Tribe showed their enthusiasm in their face-paint even when the tides were against them in the outcome of the game.

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“Yeah we didn’t win, but I’m glad we got to come together as a grade in competition against the seniors.. It definitely brought us closer (which I didn’t think was actually possible).” Reilly Sleater. Credit: Keri Kelly/Achona online

 

However, prior to the game, the Dad’s Club generously supplied delicious hot dogs and hamburgers, drinks, and even candy free to the crowd. Anyone who attended the event could say missing out on those burgers and hot dogs might be the biggest reason someone would regret not attending. While everyone enjoyed their food, the gathering under the pavilion included seating and free face painting by Senior AP Art students Natalie Cevallos and Hadley Chillura. Natalie’s best creation, among the butterflies, tigers, and avatar clowns, she transformed fellow Senior, Maddie Matesich, into DRAKE. Yes, Drake. Here’s a picture so you can believe it yourself.

"Nothing was the same" was referenced several times to Matesich while in her Drake face-paint
Credit: Danielle Gutierrez (used with permission)
“Nothing was the same” was referenced several times to Matesich while in her Drake face-paint

Right before the game began, everyone bowed their head to a sportsmanship encouraging  prayer by Lozano and held their hearts to a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by the AHN Quarter Notes.

The sisterly competition began promptly at 7pm with coaches Nick Leone and Luke Wichman as the Senior’s coaches and Marco Benson and Dante Phillips as the Juniors’ coaches. In the first play, Senior Camille Yodiz caught the ball from QB Lindsay Boos and ran down the field without a scratch to score the only points to be scored by any of the teams for the rest of the game. The game continued, with Juniors’ frustration fueling the Seniors’ fire. Junior, Ciara Chappell shares, “We really wanted to be the first Junior team to actually beat the Seniors, and we were so close.”

Seniors were incredibly confident that they'd win, and you could tell by the enthusiasm and fun radiating like heat off of them.
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Seniors were incredibly confident that they’d win, and you could tell by the enthusiasm and fun radiating like heat off of them.

 

At half-time, AHN’s Jaguarettes performed a dance choreographed by the Juniors for the first time. The almost 3 minute long performance had everyone cheering to each of their moves corresponding to a Britney Spears mix of “Toxic” and “Womanizer”.

"It was nerve wracking to perform the dance that the Juniors choreographed because it was a lot longer than our conventional dances. It was nice to challenge out squad though." Sofia Curry
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“It was nerve wracking to perform the dance that the Juniors choreographed, because it was a lot longer than our conventional dances. It was nice to challenge out squad though.” Sofia Curry

In the second half, coaches and players of the Senior team were outraged when soccer star Julia Lester ran the ball down the field to score what they thought was their second touchdown. Unfortunately, Ref Doyle called the achievement invalid due to improper play set up by the Seniors. The Seniors were upset at the point loss, but they were still ahead. In the last 45 seconds the Seniors, just as they do in the last 45 days of the year, began walking off the field thinking the game was over encouraging the Juniors to try to run the ball to tie the game. Once the Seniors saw this, all 27 seniors attacked the 13 juniors to stop them from their last attempt. The game ended Juniors with 0 points and Seniors with 6 points.

The excitement was at it's peak when Lester bolted down the field and overtook all the Juniors.
Credit: Keri Kelly/ACHONAonline
The excitement was at its peak when Lester bolted down the field and overtook all the Juniors.

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Once the game was over, Senior coaches called a team meeting. Leone gave a great resolving speech to the game; he expressed to the girls that this was the best girls’ football game he’s ever seen, and they are the best female football players he has worked (with which is hilarious because he has never had any experience with a girls’ football game at all). Leone and Wichman thanked the girls for their efforts and the honor to coach them. It was obvious that these big Jesuit football players love their AHN counterparts.

"It was really great having Leone and Wichman as our coaches. They knew it was just for fun so they were funny but still gave us good direction for the game." Jayne McLaughlin
Credit: Sofia Curry (used with permission)
“It was really great having Leone and Wichman as our coaches. They knew it was just for fun so they were funny but still gave us good direction for the game,” recalled Jayne McLaughlin

As always at these kinds of events around this time, a few got asked to Prom. Sophomore Abby Rodriguez was asked to TC Prom and Junior Tessa Vaughn asked a Jesuit boy to AHN’s prom; both with clever posters.

"I had been expecting him to ask me, but I didn't know when he was going to do it. It turned out so cute though!" Abby Rodriguez
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“I had been expecting him to ask me, but I didn’t know when he was going to do it. It turned out so cute though!”
"I had to do it that night because if I hadn't I would have had to come up with a different way to ask him!" Tessa Vaughn
Credit: Tessa Vaughn (used with permission)
“I had to do it that night because if I hadn’t I would have had to come up with a different way to ask him!”