While the Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta’s High School Madness lacked the chaos of the Ramone’s movie “Rock and Roll High School,” it was electrified with the high-voltage energy of a championship-game pep rally.
presentation for the fair, Madness is always a boisterous and inspiring
celebration of youth who will inherit the future, noted Emil Schaffner,
president of the Junior Fair Board and one of the biggest boosters of Madness.
use this event to promote the fair through school competition,” said Emil.
“Our main job is to promote the fair. All the students come here to cheer
on their school. It’s all about school pride.”
grandstand was standing room only (no one sits for a pep rally) with charged-up
students waving school banners, hand-made signs and light sabers while roaring
encouragement to classmates in the competition.
Gamesmanship Accelerates Spirit
schools faced off in a quirky line up of competition such as the human pyramid,
Farm to Ferris Wheel obstacle relay, tug of war, human Plinko and fair pong.
Schools competing included Holtville, Calipatria, Calexico, Brawley, Southwest,
Central and Imperial.
and Cherisse Alford, Fair Board members, expedited events along with adult
advisors such as Anne Irigoyen who, along with her support crew, assisted with
the logistics to assure seamless transitions between competition and
work pays off,” said Irigoyen. “This is all about doing big things. It
helps develop leadership skills. It’s not called High School Madness for nothing.
This is an unbelievable experience.”
Merten, a Holtville High junior and Junior Fair Board member, ginned up the
momentum brandishing his school’s banner as the grandstand filled to capacity,
coaxing ear-splitting cheers among rivals for their individual schools.
hype but it’s a lot of fun,” said Ryder. “I have always looked
forward to High School Madness as a freshman and sophomore.”
Jr. Fair board member, Emiliano Fucher, serving his first year on the board,
was equally stoked as the screaming throng in the stands. Emiliano confided one
of the best things about the Madness event is seeing the bloom of Imperial
Valley youth come together and express honor in representing their individual
does live up to its namesake,” said Emiliano. “It’s one of the best
things a high schooler can attend. I look forward to returning to the Jr. Fair
Board next year. The board is one of the greatest memories I’ll preserve for
the rest of my life.”
highlights among the many thrills the well-rehearsed students delivered with a
flourish were the funky groove delivered by the Southwest High School SAVAPA
dancers, the tug of war finalists of Southwest and Central in which Central
triumphed in a hard fought battle, and the sometimes hysterical antics of the
three-legged-race segment of the relay.
top prize of $500 (funneled into next year’s Madness event) for extoling the
highest ideals of spirit was Brawley High. Taking second place and $300 was
Central High, while finishing third was Southwest High.
Moreno, Viking Band of Pride director, was very upbeat with the Madness
enjoyed it. There was a lot of obvious spirit,” she said. “Everybody
complied with the requirements. I think everybody had a great time and everyone
Arevalo, Holtville High principal, praised all the students for performing at
their peak and showing a lot of collective spirit.
“We’re excited for our Vikings and proud of
all their accomplishments,” he said. “For our seniors it’s a first
indicator the high school years are ending. This is their last High School
Madness they’ll participate in. And also important, we have a lot of students
excelling in agriculture livestock.”