The staff team recently prevailed at Kelley School’s annual Student vs. Staff Obstacle Course Challenge in Newark by collectively completing the course faster than their student challengers.
The staff team finished the course in 15 minutes, 34 seconds; the student team had a time of 17:18.
The competition is held after students in grades 3-5 complete three weeks of gymnastics/apparatus and obstacle course units. The course, designed by physical education teachers Chris Hager and Ashley Stoughton, focuses on building muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
Each class selected one student to represent them in the competition. Staff participants were not only from Kelley School.
Before the event, participants practiced completing the course in preparation for the competition involving skill, agility and endurance. The contest was held at the end of the day with the entire school community present to watch and cheer.
Student team members were Tristan Adigwu, Braxton Cooney, John Cusker, Cole DeCracker, Loirmus Desius, Riley Downey, Juliana Eldridge, Annaliz Garcia, Carter Graser, Ramon Heredia, Autumn Hockenbruckner, Lewis Lugo-Rice, Spencer Nies, Madison Orlopp, Isabella Osmen, Turell Parker, Alicia Perry, Morghan Perry, Nico Salerno, Dante Shahan, Brayden Sherman, Phraizah Smith, Darrien Streeter, Megan Tyler, Stephanie Wilson and Derrick Woolfolk.
Joining Stoughton and Hager on the staff team were Melanie Bagshaw, Emily Bisland, Matt Boeye, Liz Bradstreet, Cindy Briggs, Morgan D’Eredita, Steve DiBenedetto, Alisa Elder, Katie Fingar, Jeff Hamelinck, Fiona Hayden, Jen Kohlenberg, Michelle Lindner, Megan Mathews, Shannon McGinnis, Sue Moak, Kailey Ritch, Ricky Santell, Jen Singer, Shelli Sutton, Lacie Urban, Kelly Valone and Kaleigh White. Josh Arnold from Premier Martial Arts also joined the team.
“This is such a great event for our school,” Stoughton said. “We love the way it brings the whole building together and allows for so many people to be involved. There is an extreme level of positivity, and the entire staff and student population is cheering on each and every participant. Talk about building community — over 500 people together in one space, rooting one another on. It’s a wonderful feeling!”