Let the games begin!
Ludlowe-style, that is.
And that meant it was time for the annual Battle of the Houses at Fairfield Ludlowe High School -- Wright vs. Webster vs. Warner.
Colors clashed, voices roared and nearly 1,500 students at Ludlowe shook the walls of Unquowa Road school's gym Friday afternoon as they cheered the teams representing their houses in the quest to be crowned the Falcons' best.
"It's been a long tradition at Fairfield high schools, and it's been a way to build community spirit and pride in the school, and their individual houses," Ludlowe Headmaster Greg Hatzis said of the event.
The three houses of Ludlowe -- represented by the black-shirted battling Bulls of Webster, the howling blue Wolf Pack from Warner and the glowering green Alligators from Wright -- faced off in a series of competitions: relay races, human bowling and the culminating tug-of-war matches.
And Powers was right about Wright. Its 'Gators snapped up the victory trophy amid a cacophony of glory and glee.
There were 38 students and two teachers from each Ludlowe house competing in the events, while cheering fans of each house -- most wearing the house colors festooning costumes and decorations -- provided very loud encouragement.
"The whole school gets involved," said Maddie Waite, a senior and president of the Student Representative Council, which organizes the event. "It's a good way to bring everyone together and have some fun."
"Even the teachers get involved in some of the events," she said.
The teachers did more than that when, as a surprise for the student body, the Ludlowe staff broke into a flash mob dance routine.
"It's awesome," Eileen Frankel, the Spanish teacher who advises the council, said of the battle.
"What's special about it is there's so much positive energy in the room," she said. "The amount of positive energy and enthusiasm that's in this room is over the edge. You just can't measure it."