Nick Mannion, Tim Skeval and Steven Baker
Sixty-four teams, 67 games, 26 conferences, one champion. The annual March Madness tournament has begun and the madness has hit Jamesville-DeWitt High School. One class that is getting the school involved in the tournament is Corporate Communications, led by English teachers Teresa Eaton and Kristin Gallivan. The class has set up many March Madness themed events, including a door decorating contest, a bracket challenge, spirit week and a three vs. three basketball tournament. Mrs. Gallivan says that they like to do this every year because March Madness is a “different and fun” time to hold events.
Spirit week lasted from Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17. The Corporate Communications events were cut short, when Syracuse accumulated over 18 inches of snow and had back to back snow days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although they planned for Monday to be pajama day, Tuesday to be tie dye day, Wednesday to be red and white day, Thursday to be college/jersey day and Friday to be green day for St. Patrick’s day.
Students came back on Thursday, which was the first day of the NCAA Tournament. “Not having school on Tuesday and Wednesday made it really hard for us, (because) it gave people less time to decorate doors and if students didn’t fill out and turn in brackets on Monday they only had until noon on Thursday to do it, which probably led to less students doing brackets,” said Mrs. Eaton. Senior Manish Dugal, who is member of the Corporate Communications class, agreed with Mrs. Eaton. “We got tough luck. Those snow days definitely effected the amount of brackets that were submitted and they definitely messed up our spirit week,” said Dugal. However, even with the snow days the class does not think that everything was totally ruined, “It definitely turned out better than we though it would,” said Mrs. Eaton. They have raised over $400
Although the weather affected the door decorating contest and bracket challenge, the class still got to sell green donuts and bagels on Friday. The class is also raising money through the three vs. three basketball tournament.
It cost students and teachers at least $1 to enter into the door decorating contest, $2 to enter into the bracket challenge and $15 per team for the three vs. three basketball tournament. The basketball tournament will be Tuesday March 28 through Thursday March 30. The homeroom that raised the most money for the door decorating contest got to pick their team. All of the money the class raises will be donated to a charity that the students will choose when the events are over.
One person who has gone all out and won the door decorating contest the past two years, is Ceramics teacher Mark McIntyre. Last year Mr. McIntyre built a paper mache panther head on his door, for Pittsburgh, and this year he built a life size Jayhawk, for Kansas. “It’s fun for my homeroom to do this, it allows students to collaborate and it allows for students who aren’t taking any art classes to participate in some art activities,” said Mr. McIntyre. This year Mr. McIntyre’s homeroom raised $31, the most of any homeroom. His homeroom chose Kansas as their team because they liked Kansas’s logo, mascot and and they think Kansas will go to the Final Four. So far this choice seems like a very good one, as heading into the Sweet Sixteen, Kansas is the favorite in to win it all, with 4-1 odds according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
This year’s March was really full of madness. The favorite to win it all, Duke: out. Last years champion Villanova: out. Who’s even left? Now with many teams that were supposed to be title contenders out, Kansas University and the University of North Carolina are the new favorites. “Duke lost, that was a surprise,” said Mrs. Gallivan. Surprising teams that have made it to the Sweet Siixteen are teams like Xavier and Wisconsin. “I knew Xavier would dominate Florida State,” said sophomore Max Chirco. Xavier, the 11 seed, routed 3 seed Florida State, 91-65. Xavier will advance to face 2 seed Arizona on Thursday, March 23 at 10 p.m. The 8 seed Wisconsin Badgers took down the one seed Villanova Wildcats, who are the first No. 1 seed to be eliminated. “Bracket buster,” said senior Ronald Lewis.