Friday, May 23, 2014
Once the students arrive at the Arena, (Our Football Stadium) they all parade once around the track before entering the bleachers in their assigned areas. To start the games, the High School Band (made up of former Olympians) perform the National Anthem. Today, I was moved to hear all six elementary schools singing along with the Anthem. Following the Anthem, our Athletic Director, Mr. Dave LaGamba welcomes all of our distinguished guests. Once all of the dignitaries are introduced, the ceremonial "torch" (a wood carving of the Olympic Torch- with NO flame) is carried in by two lucky Olympians.
Once the Torch is carried, the first set of events begin. Every student, and I do mean every student eligible (must be in good standing to be an Olympian) participates in the various events throughout the morning long competition. The theme of the event has and always will be focused on participation rather than winning or losing. Score is not officially kept by the school personnel - although I am quite certain some of the more competitive students could tell you which school has the most first place ribbons. Everyone receives a participation ribbon and memories to last them a lifetime.
I can remember my own march through town as a Bacon Bear! Running the 400 relay as well as participating in the student favorite - tug of war. It is events like today that make me proud to be the superintendent for the Millville Community.