Last Friday, our seminarians took to the athletic fields for some friendly competition against their brothers in the "Battle of the Classes." The events ranged from a game of pantomime telephone to a ball toss to a wheelbarrow race and other games of dexterity. It ended with a game of Seminarian Jeopardy in the refectory.
The event kicked off with the torch lighting by Student Body President Ace Tui after some brief remarks by Father Dan Donohoo. Each class then unveiled their class colors and cheers in a competition. The blue Theology 1 team's cheer sounded awfully like a World Cup cheer and the winning class cheer when to Theology 4 for their cheer based on Queen's "We Will Rock You."
Afterwards, the games begun with Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, OP as the judge and Grace Laxamana as the official scorekeeper. Oakland Seminarians John Paul Rabago and Huong Dinh were the organizers of the events. To bring the Pre-Theology team to full complement of players, Fr. Larry Herrera, SJ and Dr. John Macias joined the team. The Oblate Sisters were there to root for our seminarians.
The Theology 1 team emerged from the field events with a lead going into the final Seminarian Jeopardy event. The Theology 4 team made a strong showing in Seminarian Jeopardy to try to take the crown, but they feel short. Theology 1 emerged as the victor in the "2020 Battle of the Classes."
All the participants and the entire Seminary community was treated to an excellent lunch cooked by David Mees of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Arrion Rosales-Llantos of the Diocese of Honolulu. It was a fun day enjoyed by everyone.
A slideshow of the day's events is below: