Night rally will end this year’s Clash of the Classes spirit week

Los Altos High School’s weeklong spirit week will end in a night rally taking place tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m, a culmination of the third LAHS “Clash of the Classes,” where students from different grade levels compete against each other in various games to earn points for their team.

From roughly 6 to 6:45 p.m. there will be two food trucks for students’ dinner, with foods ranging from hot dogs and nachos to fried shrimp. Then at 7 p.m., students will enter the gym and compete in seven games: Crab Soccer, Urban Dictionary Spelling Bee, Blindfolded Dodgeball, Alphabet Soup, Gladiator, Trivia and a Mattress Run. Ending the rally will be a “grand finale prize” for the grade that has the most points.

The Associated Student Body hopes to use the Class of the Classes to increase school spirit after a long time away from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I really think that there’s this sense of class spirit and identity with people coming together,” ASB junior Ayjay BenTovim said. “I really, really like that about Class of the Clashes. … Especially with COVID, coming back from a year and a half fully online was really, really hard on a lot of people, and took a toll on the spirit of our school.”

However, ASB faced many challenges in setting up all the games. Budgetary restrictions were a huge problem, as the spending for this year’s Clash was over budget, due to higher COVID prices for services like the dunk tank and inflatable obstacle course. Getting student participation was also difficult at the beginning of the week, but as the week went on and events took place during lunch, Clash of the Classes tickets were bought at a much higher rate.