Zama Middle High School Field Day Builds Camaraderie and Celebrates Month of the Military Child | Article
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — The laughter and shouts of students echoed through Trojan Field here on Monday as they spent a hot summer day playing games and cheering each other on.
Zama Middle High School students took a break from the classroom for a field day that included several games and competitions held on the field, in the school gymnasium and on the tennis court.
Alongside the field day, a carnival was held at the nearby youth center to mark the month of the military child.
Christopher Nagle, a junior and vice chairman of the board who organized the field day with his team, said they started preparing for the event in February and spent several hours per week working on the project. They created posters; scheduled eight different events such as a relay race, obstacle course and tug of war; gathered all the necessary equipment; and divide students into teams before the start of the field day.
The teamwork aspect of the events encouraged students to interact with each other and fostered an environment of communication.
Ameera Trady, a junior, said everyone on her team introduced themselves before the start of the day and came up with strategies for each event. She said she enjoyed the preparation process as much as she enjoyed the events.
“I’m so glad we can do outdoor school events like this now,” Trady said. “Hopefully we can continue to plan things like this in the future.”
Murray Gillerson, a senior, said his team started off shaky, but they started communicating a lot more and bonding as the event went on. He said he enjoyed arm wrestling because it forced his team to plan their strategy to win.
“It was much more fun and cool to see a different approach to the field day, [with it] have both a carnival and a competitive feel,” Gilerson said. “Our student council has done an amazing job of putting everything in place and giving students time to be active and have fun. »
Along with citing his recognition of Month of the Military Child, Nagle said the field day also helped boost morale throughout the school since recently eased COVID-19 restrictions allowed for a more connected event. . The ultimate goal, Nagle said, was for everyone to have a good time.
He said that although planning the event was hard work, it was very rewarding to see the students having fun thanks to the support he and his team received from their peers, school faculty and Child and Youth Services staff.
“Overall, our event went fabulously with little to no error,” Nagle said. “I think we achieved all of our goals and more importantly everyone had fun.”
Jessica Horton, junior and board public liaison, said she and the planning team spent time focusing on the small details to avoid any problems, both realistically and hypothetical, which could occur and find solutions before the event. .
It was a difficult process, she said, having to adapt the event to the large number of students, but she found it gratifying to hear many of them tell her they had never seen before. a field day of this scope and size.
“I wanted to create a unique experience for our seniors as well as new middle schoolers who haven’t experienced a ZMHS field day,” Horton said.
This included the incorporation of a wall ball, a longtime recreation, and a playground game with some variations on how it is played. Horton said she was happy to include the game because most students knew the game from their past, and playing it brought them a sense of nostalgia.
Like Nagle, Horton said organizing the field day would not have been possible without the support of everyone who worked on it. It was the first time she had planned an event of this scale, and she said it was satisfying to see their hard work come to fruition. She said she was ready to work on more projects like this in the future.
“Overall, I think it worked out better than…we anticipated,” Horton said. “For me, the field day was a success.”