“Covid Cup” Keeps Spirits, Competition High


For the past two weekends, cheers have been heard from Sawyer field on Saturday nights as Williston’s “Covid Cup” plays out.

Since the start of trimester three, eight teams of 10-12 participants grades 9-12 show up to Sawyer at 8:00 p.m. every Saturday, with no knowledge of what fun activity they will be competing in. The last day of the tournament will be May 15, and the winners will receive some “sweet swag,” as the Covid Cup poster says.,

The Widest Cats have been collaborating with Faculty Leader Erin Davey to plan this trimester-long event. So far, the teams have competed in a kickball tournament and an egg hunt. They plan the activities in secret every week so that it is a surprise for the teams, and they cannot prepare. The Covid Cup has eight weekends of competitions; in each, teams  teams earn points in the race for the title.

Sarah Markey, a student leader of Wildest Cats, told The Willistonian the “Covid Cup” is especially important this year.

“The goal of the ‘Covid Cup’ is to create fun and excitement on campus this spring,” Sarah said. “We hope the term long competition and surprise activities will keep engagement high and school spirit higher!” she said.

So far, it seems, this goal is being achieved.

Owen Fu, a junior from Shandong, China, has enjoyed competing every weekend.

“There’s a lot of fun activities like kickball and capture the flag… it’s fun playing with other students, like having freshmen or different kids on your team and working together,” he said.

Natalie Stott, a junior from Franklin, Mass., found the golden egg in the egg hunt, earning 60 points for her team, the “Covid idiots” and putting them in first place. The Willistonian got the inside scoop about how Natalie found the famous golden egg.

Although she said she “really determined to find the egg, like I really wanted it,” Natalie came up unsuccessful at first. explained. But then, Natalie said, she had a dream.

“I dreamt about this clock, and Benning [Johnson, another member of the Wildest Cats] kept saying ‘time is ticking,’ so I thought it has to be near a clock,” Natalie recalled.

“So, the next day I woke up and I made it everybody’s business,” she said. “I annoyed everyone saying that I needed to find the egg, but Reed didn’t open until 1:00. So, while we were waiting to go in, I saw a clock in the StuBop though the back window, and so right as it opened, I went in, and I lifted the clock off the wall and the egg came falling out, and it was awesome.”