If you see seniors sprinting to their cars once the bell rings at 2:30 p.m., do not be alarmed, they are merely running for their lives.
With water guns as their only weapons, nothing has become more intense than paranoid seniors trying to win Assassin. Organized by a creative group of seniors as a fun way to wrap up the school year and help raise money for their class, Assassin has taken over. Paired up with a partner of their choosing, seniors have one week, to essentially “kill” their assigned targets. Initial targets were given to teams on Apr. 23, which started the game.
After one week the assignments change and those who have accomplished their task remain in the game. If one partner gets killed, the other must stay alive for the remainder of the week otherwise both partners are out. There are rules that must be obeyed in order to keep the game fair. Some rules include: no killing during school hours, the water gun cannot look like a real gun or weapon, no killing during school sponsored events or sports practices, and about two pages worth of others. Although a large number of seniors played the game, not everyone did. “I regret not participating in it but now I have a second chance because of the round two they’re starting,” senior Eric Wu said.
Required to pay $5 to play the game, about $300 were earned for the senior class and about $200 will go toward senior picnic and Prom. The winners will receive the remaining $100. The seniors who put the game together felt that “assassin is a great way for people to step outside their comfort zone and soak their friends in a fun game,” senior Bradley Gritz said.
As the game progressed, a new group was created called zombies. The zombies came back to life after being killed and could only kill the person who killed them.
Assassin ended the first day back from spring break when seniors Madeline Clark and Breece Parsons killed the last three teams. The other three teams were Daniela Mansour and Ali Silver, Maddie Fowler and Paul LaValle, and Abdulai Jobe and Evan Chang, but Clark and Parsons proved to be tough competition. Due to popularity a second game will be played.
Friendships were put to the test during the game. “I was the first person to get shot and killed. It was by who I thought was my true friend that needed a ride home but instead she shot me straight in the heart. No metaphor intended,” senior Maggie Gaus said.