Sierra Sullivan’s hands shook Wednesday afternoon as she eagerly picked 31 pieces of licorice off teammate Jake Gmitter.
The seventh-graders took part in the Wrap, Roll and Pinch event during the third annual Pau-Wa-Lympics at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.
The three-minute challenge required one student wrapped in masking tape to run across the gym, roll in bits of licorice and return, to allow another teammate to pick the pieces off with chopsticks. The team who picked off the most pieces won.
“It (licorice) was really stuck on it (tape), and it was hard to grab because I was shaking so much,” Sierra said. “This was my favorite event because it’s the most fun.”
The Pau-Wa-Lympics started Monday and concludes today. Each home room class competes against each other for first, second and third place medals.
Events included Row, Row, Row your Board, Rollin’ Rollin’ Relay, Wrap, Roll and Pinch, Careening UFOs and Name That Tune.
“It’s a great way to change up the schedule from the stuff we usually do,” leadership student Sam Brees said. “It breaks the ice for all the seventh graders, so they learn that Pau-Wa-Lu is a fun place to be.”
Sierra and Jake’s team, the Pau-Wa-Lympians, took second place in their event Wednesday.
“It was hard, but really fun,” Jake said. “My favorite part was rolling around in the licorice.”
Teacher David Housel said Pau-Wa-Lympics is a good school-building activity.
“It’s great camaraderie, and it gets everyone included,” he said. “You get to see the kids excited and having fun. You get to see a different side of the kids which I love.”
Ninth-grader Jordan Trauner said Row, Row, Row your Board was her favorite event. It required students to sit on a skate board and push themselves across the gym floor with clean toilet plungers.
“It was fun to see people with weird helmets on rowing with plungers,” she said.
Team Hump Day member Kaycee Thomas has participated in every Pau-Wa-Lympics.
“It’s entertaining and very spastic,” she said. “You get to watch people pick candy off other people with chopsticks.”
Her team took second place in the Rollin’ Rollin’ Relay.
“It involved team work,” she said. “It was fun hearing people screaming and cheering.”
Pau-Wa-Lympics wraps up today with Name That Tune, and closing ceremonies at 1 p.m.