Teachers win the Game of Cones

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Leea Ivanel

Teacher Matthew Miskelly wins a game of Gladiator against Journalism student Zoe Wildman .

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

It was the final seconds of the game — ASB Director Jim Kelly sprinted across the court, red faced and panting, and with a conclusive effort grabbed the frisbee disk off of the heated pavement, aimed, and let it fly.

The last cone had, at last, been knocked down, and for first time in Carlmont history, the Teachers Team would advance beyond the quarter-finals of the Carlmont Cup.

Carlmont Cup is an annual competition between campus clubs that has been run by ASB for the past nine years. On Oct. 8 the Teachers beat Journalism with a score of 3-1, getting them a ticket into the semi-finals.

Kelly, the co-leader of the Teachers team said, “The outcome of these competition is for the most part a matter of luck, so there is no real way of saying which team will win.”

Others, however, have taken a different perspective on the subject. To them it’s not all just a matter of luck, but rather a matter of skill and determination.

Carlmont Cup DJ Ryan Geronimo said, “I was pretty sure the teachers were going to win this game because they have a lot more experience than the students do.”

On the other hand, senior Elena Mateus, the leader of the Journalism team, predicted, “We will win because we have our youth, which will play to our advantage. We are young, nimble, fast, and we can’t be stopped” before the game began. As it turns out, some of these predictions can definitely be wrong, no matter the amount or reasoning behind them.

Kian Karamdashti, another senior on the Journalism team, had high hopes for winning as well. He said, “I have never made it further than the quarter-finals, so I hope that this year I will make it to the finals and win them with this team.”

Kelly said, “I actually feel a bit guilty about participating and winning because I feel like I am taking away from the students, as we [ASB] set up these activities for them in order to build a community that they will enjoy being part of.”

Contrary to Kelly’s opinion, Matthew Miskelly, the math and AVID coordinator of Carlmont High School as well as the winner in a round of Gladiator, said, “I don’t feel guilty for beating the students because they beat us up all year long.”

Either way, despite their loss, the Journalism team did not seem truly defeated.

Mateus said, “We gave it our best and that’s what matters. I’m walking out of the ring for the last time, and while I did not win, I have no regrets.”