School-wide scavenger hunt leaves advisories craving for annual tricks and treats

Elle Chen, RubicOnline

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During Wednesday advisory, Upper School Computer Science teacher Kate Lockwood and her advisory planned a scavenger hunt. Initially planned for a smaller group of two to three other advisories, “It was a little bit chaotic since it scaled up way faster than we thought, which was great,” said Lockwood.

It was a little bit chaotic since it scaled up way faster than we thought, which was great.”

— US Computer Science teacher Kate Lockwood

With years worth of candy, various cryptic clues, and an unplanned lockdown drill, members from twenty-four advisories dashed around the halls and classrooms in search of hints and puzzle pieces. Although the lockdown drill took time away from the already short forty-five minute activity, it ironically helped boost the participants’ determined and competitive spirits of winning and completing the scavenger hunt first. 

Left and right, a blur of students could be seen as the frantically tried to decipher clues and collect all sixteen puzzle pieces. With laughter and persistence plastered on their faces, advisory members worked together to piece together the puzzle pieces into one last final hint; leading them closer and closer to victory – Dean Chantal Thornberry’s office. Sophomore Lily Ellis said, “It was a really good bonding experience with my advisory I really enjoyed getting to know the people in my advisory and becoming better friends with them.”

Each advisory approached the scavenger hunt with different tactics. Some divided and conquered while others stayed together as a whole. US Math teacher Mary Lincoln’s advisory chose to split up. One of Lincoln’s advisees Esther Allen said, “We had to split up so we could win.”

We took that dub. Yost-Dubrow for the win.”

— Junior Gabe Ramirez

On Wednesday, the winning advisory was US Science teacher Rachael Yost-Dubrow’s. Yost-Dubrow advisee Gabe Ramirez said, “Today’s activity was super fun. My advisory was the first to get the clue and we won so that was an added bonus. Yeah, [it was a] great way to bring the school community together and really connect everybody, it was really a great experience. Would do again. We took that dub. Yost-Dubrow for the win.”

Although many advisories participated, there was another large portion of advisories that chose not to participate because of a lack of interest or mainly because as 9th Grader Cooper Bollinger Danielson put it, “I didn’t even know about it.”

It was very fun and the school environment was energetic, ecstatic, and flippidililious.”

— Sophomore Judah Thomas

Overall, the feedback for the scavenger hunt was very positive. Many advisories are looking forward to the start of a new tradition and the making of an annual scavenger hunt. To sum it up, Sophomore Judah Thomas said, “It was very fun and the school environment was energetic, ecstatic, and flippidililious [lack of words for how much fun he had].” 

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