An annual tradition for the freshman English class continued as the students studied “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell.
The class read the short story about a rich hunter stocking his private island with the most dangerous animal: humans. For the related assassin game, each student was assigned another student to ‘hunt’ and clip with a clothespin, or to eliminate with a black spot on an item they are holding.
Freshman English teacher Brendan Praeger has had his classes play the game for eight years. “When I student taught, the whole school played a game of assassin and I thought that it would be a fun way to add to the lesson,” Praeger said.
The freshmen were chaotic during the first day of the contest. Students in the class chased each other around the commons trying to clip each other. They stood against the walls making sure that no one could come up behind them and clip them.
Junior Jayna Keller said the freshmen took the game seriously. “It was fun seeing them get into it but they may have taken it too far,” Keller said.
Freshman Robert Potter emerged as the champion. He eliminated runner-up AJ Grutsch on Tuesday in between classes. The rules stated that eliminations could not take place during class time.
“I was chasing AJ while he wasn’t aware and I clipped him,” Potter said.
Grutsch emailed Praeger to inform him of the news.
“I regret to inform you that I have been defeated. In the battle of the wits, Robert came out the winner. I can still feel the bitterness of defeat. I can still feel the clip within my back. In the end, it’s a bittersweet event. I feel as if my work has been laid to waste, however, it makes me glad to see that my class president can outsmart all of us. I will spare the details of the battle — the black deaths, the times I was hiding behind a wall and having someone ruin it for me. It was all in good fun. I enjoyed the experience, and hope everyone else did too”
Praeger said that although the game is chaotic, it’s a good learning experience for the students. “They learn a lot about planning and who is trustworthy. It’s fun to pit them against each other for a day or two each year.”
— Laurel Barber, @lawl_e_20
WHS Assassin Champions
2012: Jason Maciejewski
2013: Natalee Kates
2014: Sania Huda
2015: Erika Prue
2017: Raegan Feyh
2018: Kara Hafenstine
2019: Robert Potter
Question of the Week
Freshmen reflect on the 2019 Assassin game.
“What I learned from this is to never trust anyone, even if you’re friends.”
— Collin Clark
“I learned to be aware of my surroundings at all times.”
— Jenna Donaldson
“Don’t talk to other people while your classmates are around you.”
“I assassinated a few people, I actually went to Olivia’s house and knocked on her door. So worth it. I learned fear. It so scary to be hunted. Always in suspense.”
— Andrew Grutsch
“Kent Berkenmeier sent me a black dot. Don’t trust anyone.”
— Shaylee Heideman
“I was eliminated because I got out by Collin. I didn’t expect my best friend to clip me, so I wasn’t worried about him, just everybody else. What I learned was trust nobody, including your friends”
— Owen Johnson
“AJ came to my door at 7:15 in the morning and asked me a random question, then clipped me. I was still half asleep. I learned that I need to stay in bed longer and not answer my door.”
— Olivia Mayer
“I eliminated Ashley and Hadlee. I got them both while they were not paying attention. I learned not to trust people, because after I eliminated both of them, they told my new person that I was after them.”
— Jacob Meseke
“Bella came up from behind me and clipped me. I didn’t eliminate anyone, and I learned that Bella doesn’t like me.”
— Paxton Meyer
“I was eliminated in lunch by AJ when I was eating my hotdog. I didn’t get to eliminate anyone, and I learned to be more aware of my surroundings at all times.”
— Eli Oliver
“I was eliminated by David, because he texted my mom to see what class I was in, and he came up from behind and pinned me… I learned that you have to have a lot of strategy to get the person and be sneaky.”
— Lanson Parry
“I eliminated no one until the end. I tried to make it to the finals without taking any risks. I collected many pins over time, and I made a private list that included everyone in the game, their targets, and if they had been eliminated.”
— Robert Potter
“I was eliminated while watching tik toks before school. Danielle came up behind me and clipped me. I didn’t get a chance to eliminate anyone. I learned that you need to be aware of your surroundings, be smarter than your opponents, and don’t trust anyone.”
— Annie Wright