House Steamtown was awarded the House Cup for the second year in a row Friday at the conclusion of House Games at Delaware Hayes High School.
Hayes hosted the House Games, a series of competitions that concluded the school’s house competitions.
Hayes Vice Principal Rex Reeder started the house program last school year and divided the student body into eight houses with the goal of expanding students social circles and breaking up cliques. Reeder said students are sorted into houses based on a variety of criteria including their interests so that no one house is full of too many students with similar interests.
AP history teacher and Ridge House Dean Adam Haynes said house events have become very competitive as the year went on and said he was happy to see the students so excited.
“House Games give students an opportunity to relive their memories of Field Day when they were in elementary school,” Haynes said. “It’s great to see students do stuff they are interested in and it’s good to strive to build a culture of positivity [at Hayes.]”
The students competed in events throughout the year including the talent show, a video game tournament and various sport competitions and each event contributed points towards the House Cup.
The winner of the House Cup is determined by the House Games event where the houses participated in more than 30 competitions including chess, lip sync, still life drawing, a science challenge, various sports and The Little Brown Jug, a race where students had to design their own sulkies and had to be pushed/pulled by a teammate.
Houses earn points based on their position in the event and the team with the most points would win the House Cup.
Haynes said he and students were very enthusiastic about the House Games.
“I didn’t sleep much last night because I was so excited,” Haynes said, laughing.
At the conclusion of House Games Steamtown, who also won The Little Brown Jug, was announced as the winner, for the second year in a row.
Reeder said the houses are named after the old one-room schoolhouses in Delaware County. He said got the names from the Delaware County Historical Society.
The houses are named Ridge, Prospect Hill, Fairview, Fulton Creek, Sugar Grove, Houk, Lockport and Steamtown. Each house has its own crest and color.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.