Lower school students celebrated the 31st annual Olympic Games the week of February 1, despite modifications due to the pandemic. Each grade level, representing countries from around the world, took to Kennerly Field individually during the annual celebration.
Head of School Dave Faus and Head of Lower School Dr. Kristen Sheehan welcomed students to the games as each class proudly waved their country’s flag.
The beloved tradition of the Olympics began in 1990 as an educational endeavor spearheaded by former Head of School Peter Graham and Assistant Director of Athletics Steve Hamel. The Olympic Day celebration is the culmination of a month-long multicultural study that includes the exploration of foreign customs and culture, including a culinary luncheon hosted in classrooms on the eve of the Olympics.
Each grade enjoyed their own ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame by lower school torchbearers signalling the commencement of the event. Students competed in a variety of events against their classmates from dashes, to hurdles, relays, and the bean bag toss.
Faculty Olympic Day Coordinator Riordan Cheatham and lower school PE Coach Kathy Bailey worked tirelessly to make the event happen while following all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Head Of Lower School Dr. Kristen Sheehan said the event is one of her favorite Benjamin traditions and she was heartened to see it taking place this year.
Congratulations to all the Olympics participants including the following class winners, who were announced during a virtual awards celebration:
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