Carlmont Cup creates spirited competition among students


Mari Ramirez

While waiting for the next game, the spirit commission goes over the score to see who is in the lead.

Mari Ramirez, Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year and the be-all, end-all tournament is here — it’s Carlmont Cup season.

Each year, groups at Carlmont face off in a competition put on by the ASB spirit commission to engage students from all over campus.

Carlmont Cup has evolved into a friendly yet competitive tournament where athletes and club members compete in games in the quad during lunch.

From capture the flag, to musical chairs, participants play a large variety of games during their matches.

The tournament operates in a series of rounds in which two teams play against each other. Then, the winner from that game will play the winner from another game and so on.

Eventually, there will be a semi-final and then a final match. This year, the tournament will be held for two weeks before a team is crowned the winner.

The goal of the games is to boost the Carlmont student body spirit, especially in time for Homecoming, which includes spirit days, Powderpuff football, and class competitions.

During lunch on Sept. 17, the cross country and water polo teams played against each other in a series of games.

“I enjoyed playing in the games especially because my team won 3-0,” said Ashlyn Kwan, a junior who is a part of cross country and participated in the quad games.

Even those who haven’t participated in the tournament find that Carlmont Cup provides only positive outcomes.

“Although I’ve never played a quad game before, I think it’s a good concept because it encourages inter-class competition. Also, it’s something fun to do during lunch,” said Caroleene Block, a senior.

These positive attributions are evident to those who are first time players, enough so that they are excited for next time.

“In the past years, I haven’t been a part of Carlmont Cup, but I will definitely do it again after this year’s experience,” Kwan said.

However, there are a few factors that prevent students from participating. For example, the fact that it’s during lunch turns people away.

“I always have something go on during lunch, so I don’t have any time. Plus, there aren’t any teams for me to join because no one else is interested,” Block said.

Overall, it seems that the competition fulfills its goal of involving all students who are intrigued.

“I think the tournament does an outstanding job of including all students because anyone can join. It’s nice because then more people are likely to partake in it,” said Maya Lip, a member of ASB’s media commission.