Jack Seiffert Hid in a Trash Can? Quidditch 2017

Jack Seiffert Hid in a Trash Can? Quidditch 2017

Author Isabel Snyder

  Students after their first quidditch match. In red shirts, the team Ras Lions writes in their win against the team CSW_IRL. Students, parents and faculty all had a blast at the fun event. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Students after their first quidditch match. In red shirts, the team Ras Lions writes in their win against the team CSW_IRL. Students, parents and faculty all had a blast at the fun event. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Throughout the stands, some people sported shirts proudly proclaiming their Harry Potter houses: Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. On the field, twelve students carrying broomsticks faced off, with a total of three balls being thrown and caught. However, the crowd watched instead the two Seekers chasing after the golden 

Snitch. The time of year for Harry Potter-inspired fun came once again: Charter’s HUG Club hosted the annual quidditch tournament on Friday, November 17th.

Helping Underprivileged Globally (HUG) Club runs the Quidditch tournament every year and donates all proceeds towards an organization called Save the Children. Save the Children is an international organization that works towards children’s rights and offers support and relief both in the US and internationally. To raise money, HUG Club sells shirts before the tournament, sells food during it, and encourages students to form teams for $35. Haley Jordan and Eric Hendrixson are the HUG Club leaders.

  HUG Club members selling food and drink to raise money for Save the Children. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

HUG Club members selling food and drink to raise money for Save the Children. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Quidditch is a great chance for students and faculty alike to have fun. The excitement began on Wednesday, November 8th with an enjoyable episode of Ten Minutes, shown in homeroom. Ten Minutes is another student-run club under Force Media. You can watch the quidditch episode here.

  Students competed in teams of seven in friendly competition on Friday while Mr. Mervine and Ms. Lounsbury commentated. From left to right: Mr. Valenti, Ms. Lounsbury, Will Cross, senior, and Mr. Mervine. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Students competed in teams of seven in friendly competition on Friday while Mr. Mervine and Ms. Lounsbury commentated. From left to right: Mr. Valenti, Ms. Lounsbury, Will Cross, senior, and Mr. Mervine. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

On a team, there are seven players. Three are Chasers, who try to score with the Quaffle on the opposing team’s three hoops. There are two Beaters, who have their own two balls and try to hit opposing team members with them. Then, there is a Keeper, who protects the hoops. The final team member is the Seeker, who tries to catch the Snitch. In the non-magical version we play, the Snitch is played by a person. This year the snitches included runners Grady McPeak, Jack Seiffert, Andrew Martin and Andrew Avila. Jack Seiffert went all-out, wearing yellow face paint on his face and arms as well as a yellow shirt and a jacket with a painting of a yellow Snitch-like ball on the back.

  Spectators watching the games of the tournament unfold. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Spectators watching the games of the tournament unfold. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Six teams signed up: the Saucy Boys, Team Bobeill, the Huffletoughs, the Goon Squad, CSW_IRL, and the Ras Lions.  The first match pitted Team Bobeill with Seeker Walt Schroeder against the Saucy Boys with Seeker Maya Bordrick. Though Maya was close to catching Grady several times, Walt won in the end. Second, the Huffletoughs, decked out in bathrobes, faced the Goon Squad. Andrew Avila beat Jonathan Craig in this Seeker competition. Third, CSW_IRL Seeker Joey Hackman faced Grady and the Ras Lions, a quick match that ended in a Ras Lions victory. The match ended too quickly, so from there forward, Snitches had extra time to hide at the beginning of games, which led to one of the greatest moments of this year’s tournament.

  The Huffletoughs, wearing their team uniform of bathrobes. Starting in top row, from left to right: Diane Vinson, senior, Lizzy Barrish, senior, Livi Herdman, senior, Anthony Essick, senior, Jonathan Craig, senior, and Siobhan Mangan, senior. Missing is Katy Wilson, senior. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala

The Huffletoughs, wearing their team uniform of bathrobes. Starting in top row, from left to right: Diane Vinson, senior, Lizzy Barrish, senior, Livi Herdman, senior, Anthony Essick, senior, Jonathan Craig, senior, and Siobhan Mangan, senior. Missing is Katy Wilson, senior. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala

For the semifinal between the Ras Lions and the Goon Squad, Jack Seiffert played the Snitch. As Mr. Schuder called the start of the game, the Seekers Grady and Andrew Avila began their search. After a few minutes, the spectators also began to wonder: where could Jack have hidden? Heads turned, but he was well-hidden, until he poked his head out - of a trash can. Yes, Jack Seiffert was hiding in a trash can.

When Mr. Mervine found out where Jack was, he hinted to the Seekers that Jack was hiding behind the announcement area. On the first pass, the Seekers still missed him, but on their second time through, they came running for the trash can. Jack, aware of their coming, stood up, still in the trash can, and the crowd discovered that the trash can had no bottom. Jack picked up the trash can and began running. Though the Seekers soon caught him, this stands as a definite highlight. For that match, the Ras Lions won.

  The showdown between Seekers sophomore Andrew Avila (in white) and senior Grady McPeak (in red). They are fighting over who first was able to catch Jack Seiffert, the Snitch. Jack is in the trash can, lying on the ground in this image. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

The showdown between Seekers sophomore Andrew Avila (in white) and senior Grady McPeak (in red). They are fighting over who first was able to catch Jack Seiffert, the Snitch. Jack is in the trash can, lying on the ground in this image. Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

But of course there could only be one tournament champion. In the finals the two competing teams were the Ras Lions and Team Bobeill. The seekers were Grady McPeak and Walt Schroeder, chasing Snitch Andrew Avila.  Time expired before the snitch was caught, and Team Bobeill’s strong complement of chasers triumphed.

  Team Bobeill won the champiosnhip, with, from left to right, Seeker Walt Schroeder, freshman, Beater Patrick O’Neill, senior, Keeper Kuno Haimbodi, senior, Chaser Sophia Gulotti, junior, Beater Patrick Brady, senior, Chaser Sam Lynch, senior, and Chaser JT Gannon, senior. The tournament was exciting as ever! Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

Team Bobeill won the champiosnhip, with, from left to right, Seeker Walt Schroeder, freshman, Beater Patrick O’Neill, senior, Keeper Kuno Haimbodi, senior, Chaser Sophia Gulotti, junior, Beater Patrick Brady, senior, Chaser Sam Lynch, senior, and Chaser JT Gannon, senior. The tournament was exciting as ever! Photo by Satvika Kadiyala.

HUG Club donated more than $400 to Save the Children, thanks to the support of faculty and students and the hard work HUG Club members put into the tournament. Teachers, students, parents and others enjoyed watching this year’s annual quidditch tournament, making it an absolute success!

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