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Rossman Hosts 30th Annual Spirit Day
By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer
Twenty-two alumni from the Class of 2011 teamed up March 10 for Rossman’s 30th annual Spirit Day basketball game. The high school seniors went head to head with fifth and sixth graders, making a valiant effort despite the wacky games concocted by P.E. teachers Larry Huusko and Jenna Lucas. The alumni handicaps included imaginative challenges like: “Hula Hoop Ball,” in which the alumni team played ball while paired up inside hula hoops; “Spring Break Beach Ball,” which required the alumni to keep a beach ball in the air during play; and “Relative Game,” which transformed siblings of alumni into obstacles and distractions.
Another highlight of this year's game was “Centennial Ball,” a new challenge in honor of Rossman's 100th year that limited shooting from the alumni team to only “granny” shots.
The crowd was kept roaring with excitement and laughter for the entire basketball game. At the final buzzer, the fifth and sixth graders were ahead by 80 points, but the alumni were clearly winners too, having shown a great sense of humor and impressive skills during the twelve whimsical periods.
Following the game, the alumni gathered in the Pratt Performing Arts Center to catch up and reminisce. The returning seniors represented Christian Brothers College High School (1), Cor Jesu Academy (1), John Burroughs (7), MICDS (8), St. Louis Priory (2), Villa Duchesne (2), and Whitfield (1). While some of the students are still finalizing college plans, others have made decisions to attend Drake University, Johns Hopkins, St. Olaf College, Texas Christian University, University of Arkansas, University of Notre Dame, and Webster University.