Game night brings middle school students together

Three students hold up award certificates

About 50 Herkimer middle school students enjoyed a Game Night at the Jr./Sr. High School recently, competing in basketball and Mario Kart tournaments, and solving puzzles in student-designed escape rooms.

The Game Night event was a fundraiser organized by the eighth-grade class, who approached class adviser Angela Woodard with the idea earlier in the fall.

“They planned and orchestrated the whole thing,” Ms. Woodard explained. “They wanted to do a game night, and they came up with everything,” including developing concepts and riddles for the escape rooms.

Students play a virtual reality simulation

The event combined free activities, including open gym, virtual reality activities, and board and card games, with pay-to-play activities such as the Mario Kart video game tournament and the escape rooms.

Students also had the opportunity to win door prizes donated by teachers.

“They had a blast,” Ms. Woodard said of the event.

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