Assassins arrives at HHS
For the past two weeks, it’s been common-place to see IB sophomore students on edge before and after school, in the hallways and at lunch. They walk around with paranoid, nervous looks, literally protect their backs and run away from anyone they see with a…. spoon? That’s right: Assassins has arrived with a bang at HHS.
The rules of the game are simple. Each participant is given a target to “assassinate.” They have to kill their target by either 1. Tapping them on the back with a spoon, 2. Putting a “time bomb” on them (sticking a post-it note that says ‘Ka-boom’ on it, which the target has ten seconds to diffuse) or 3. Planting a strategic “pow” bomb in the target’s backpack or book, which results in an instant kill. Kills are not allowed during classes or homeroom, but any other time are accepted.
Originally organized as simply an enjoyable game for students, it has since evolved into a way to raise money for various projects on behalf of the sophomore class.
The current game is raising funds for the Seminole Heights Relay for Life by allowing students to pick their target for a two dollar fee. The irony of a game that’s main objective is killing, giving money to Relay for Life, which helps to raise money for cancer research, isn’t lost on sophomore Samuel Russell, who helped to organize HHS Assassins. “We realized it would be awesome if we could claim that we could save people from cancer by killing other people,” he said.
Sophomore Anna Paz, another organizer, and Russell said that Assassins is a game that, if the interest continues, they would like to continue to have at HHS “at least once a month until [the class of 2014] graduates.” Paz, who also serves as sophomore class president, said she would like to host an Assassins game for traditional students so that they can get in on the fun as well.
“Assassins is a really fun way to gain morale for our class,” said sophomore Madison Rice.