Like many treasured Blair traditions, the 18th-annual Headmasters’ Societies Games looked a little different this year as the community endeavored to stay safe and well amid the coronavirus pandemic. Led by co-commissioners and Associate Deans of Students Andee Ryerson and Rod Gerdsen, the 2021 Games were designed to create another successful weekend of competition, camaraderie and community-building.
From April 8 to 12, Blair students of all class years were “sorted” into four teams named after former Headmasters Breed, Howard, Kelley and Sharpe. Over the years, the Games have continually changed and evolved, and this year's contest is no exception. Mrs. Ryerson noted that despite the pandemic, students were able to enjoy many of their favorite events, with a few new ones included, as well.
The 2021 Headmasters’ Societies Games began Thursday night with the opening ceremony, faculty relay and capture the flag. Over the next several days, the teams competed in volleyball, a guided obstacle course, a spelling bee, ultimate frisbee, football, a scavenger hunt, frisbee golf, chess, water balloon dodgeball, cup stacking, tug of war and more. Mrs. Ryerson and Mr. Gerdsen took advantage of the warm spring weather and held many competitions outside.
Mrs. Ryerson noted that although students are not able to be together in quite the same way they are used to, the Games offered a number of opportunities for meaningful social interactions that will bring a sense of comfortable normality to campus.
"The Games always help students get to know peers they may not otherwise meet in their daily routines,” she said. “It truly gets better every year because we are continually looking for ways to make it a fun and spirited experience for everyone involved.”
Congratulations to Team Kelley for taking home the Hardwick Trophy!