Middle school students compete in ‘Amazing Race’

Team Smurf of West Middle School competed in the school’s “Amazing Race” downtown Monday morning.

The eighth graders at West Middle School ran from challenge to challenge downtown Monday morning as they competed for prizes in the school’s annual “Amazing Race.”

Team Smurf found the tent challenge most difficult due to the high winds that kept lifting the material off the ground.

That challenge, near R-5 high school, required students to write the instructions for tent assembly, put up the tent, then write and follow instructions to take the tent down. As any camper knows, getting the large tent into the tiny bag proved to be the hardest part of all.

Sherri Berner, station manager and parent volunteer, was in charge of overseeing the tent assembly challenge. She required perfection before giving teams their next clue. It took teams an average of 10 to 15 minutes to complete the station.

“The race teaches them how to read maps, follow instructions, plus just gets them out having fun,” Berner said of the “Amazing Race.”

Berner said the game was inspired both by the hit television show, “The Amazing Race,” and the popular young adult novel, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

Many downtown businesses donated prizes, t-shirts, and recovery station items such as water and snacks to keep the children motivated to finish the challenge.


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