Parade and Interviews

Last peaceful day before real game starts, with endless excitement

In the morning, we still started our day by quiz as simple as always. Then, the poisonous plants presentations went on. We draw lots on Wednesday to choose a kind of poisonous plant, which we need to do some research on and introduce to others.

Everybody has done pretty good job to introduce his or her chosen plant. We got general idea about the poisonous plants. Those presentations kept remind us that we must pay fully attention to the plants we may eat while we are on our own and try to survive in the forests. Just a little mistake may take your life away.

After most of the presentations went through, it is time for archery practice! Since 5 of us missed the first archery practice and Mr. Drossel need to tell them the safety rule and teach them step-by-step. Later, we were all on the line and got ready for practice. Only after few rounds Mr. Drossel put little balloon on the center of each target to challenge us. However, many people started to get tired and hang out that left more available spots. I was glad that I could shoot 10 arrows for each round although my hands were too tired that trembled.

Soon, it was time for lunch. We got less than two hours free time to get ready for the most excited part of the day – our parade! Everybody finished their lunch really quickly and dressed up.

At 12:40, all of us gathered together at the lobby in high school building with their costume on. I have to say the scene was dramatic and impressive. Our costumes were design to symbolize our district. Through the costumes, I could tell the sparks of creativity and intelligence. Ten minutes later, the parade started. We walked out from high school building in the order of the districts and waved to people who were on the side of the path. Although it was cold and windy outside, we were all in high spirit and smiled back to people with fully confidence. Cheer was along with us from the beginning until we sit down in senior building.

After parade, it was time to interview. We were facing to the camera, having our own interview with Sam in front of other tributes. During the interviews, we were giving little of our background information and the thoughts of hunger game so far. Also some fancy imaginations about the later life after winning the game. Some people had really wild ambition and brimming confidence while some others gave a little mystery to audience. After all, the interview went really well following all the applause and laughing.

Mr. Angell, known as the president in the game, came after interviews and gave us a brief speech. Just like the one in the movie, reaffirmed the importance of hunger game, which was sort of empty.

Finishing all the important tasks of today, we went back to high school building and changed back into uniform. We also had another interview, which was more secret. Through this interview, we declared ourselves to sponsors like showing our strength and weakness, strategies to win and so on.

We soon ended our day with the notice of the plan for next Monday and little reading.

All in all, I think today is the most excited day so far.

Liqiong Cai(Vivian)

A day of guests

Today is the second last day of our preparation process. As we getting close to the breaking point of the real Hunger Game, our schedule becomes more intense and stressful, yet, more colorful and entertaining.

We started off the day by dividing our people into two groups—one group stayed at High School for a precise CPR training done by a professional first aid trainer. I was assigned to another group to learn archery skills with Mr. Drossel, who is an experienced archer. He first introduced the practice rules, basic knowledge regarding the structure of the bow, and the posture of shooting an arrow. He demonstrated tricks about how to adjust bows to reach their best performance. For example, Mr. Drossel showed us how to adjust the intensity of the string precisely so that we could hold the bow stably and show the arrow precisely. He then helped us with determining our dominant eye, which was a critical element for archer since archers needed their dominant eye to aiming targets. Although Mr. Drossel presented a ton of information, he actually introduced all the concepts and tricks laconically so that we were able to practice shooting for many rounds and we were all able to shoot the arrow to a target constantly in the end.

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After the archery training, we headed back to the High School building laboratory where we converged the group that took the CPR training. We did three major activities in the science lab, including pulling off the shell of nuts to make powders out of them, learning and meeting different animals, and testing the efficiency and convenience of the ignition sources we made yesterday. Pilling off shell of nuts was a tedious process; yet, meeting with animals and testing ignition sources were really fun activities: we got the chance to meet and learn animals like snake, owl, giant spiders, and so on. Later, we did experiment of the ignition sources and we accumulated data to determine the best choice possible. We eventually determined that the mixture of wax and saw dust is actually the most efficient source. We then collected all the mixtures for future usage.

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We ended out day with a very entertaining “catch-the-flag” game. In order to mimic the atmosphere of the hunger game, we actually played the game in a grove right next to CWB. We were divided into two groups again. Both groups were very competitive that either of the teams won the game in the end. Unfortunately, tribute Jackie Wang broke his ankle during this game and he had to walk with crutch. This would be a huge disadvantage for him since the hunger game was about to begin.

On balance, we had a very stressful and entertaining day and we couldn’t wait to break off the Hunger Game.

By Johnny Xu

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Training in progress

Having prepared our background story and gone hiking for the entire day yesterday, we now are mostly confident in playing a real hunger game, so the next step after preparation, if we follow the plot of the movie, is actually that the custom. However, before we begin such a custom preparation, we started the most exciting part of the Hunger Game, the wellness assessment. It is really interesting to me, because it is both an important part of plot of the movie that shows how likely different representative from Districts would survive and something related to sports, one of my biggest interests.

The assessment was like a military training: we started by cross over and climbing under hurdles, a test of agility and speed, and then we threw heavy ball to hit the target, a test of strength, and then we rolled over two rounds, a test of the ability of dodging, and we jumped across the river and some low hurdles to test our speed, then the hardest part, dodge ball in cross running and in the end we slipped through floor fast. In this second last test, Sam, who threw the ball really hard at us,would aim us while we tried to run around the buckets. I am proud to say that I finished the entire process with 1 minute and 1 second! (Though someone did better…)

During this morning we visited the Sag Harbor store and bought a lot of different materials such as Police hat for the person from the District that represents Police force and factory hat for me, as a factory worker.

Then after going back and having lunch, we started to fire experiment, in which Ms. Borsack taught us different kind of fire materials we can use if we were really in a situation without fire. We made our “cotton lighter” with cotton and some with chemicals combustible, then the second “wax strings” with melted wax, which surprisingly appears to be transparent, and ropes, and last the “wax chip” with melted wax and some wood chips. I do believe that the third is the most effective lighter due to its materials of wood chips.

Though I missed the last part of the day, which is the costume making. I had my own idea of how my costume is going to look like and will make it by myself, and I do believe the rest of the class must have enjoyed a great time decorating their costumes!!

By Bob Xiao

First test of endurance

The weather in long island in February is still very chilly and windy.  In preparation for the coming hunger game, we, the tribute from each district,  have a hiking in the morning to  Only those who have the courage and endurance can survive in hunger game, and go hiking in this chilly weather is a tough ordeal.

After finishing a short quiz about the first chapter in the book, hunger game, we started our first journey in training succession. The bus driver dropped us off on the side of Montauk highway. We, as a group, entered the hiking area. It is an energy-consuming job to follow these yellow logos as a guidance, and not to mention that long-time exposure to chilly wind eroded our Morales.

Couch Peter was very energetic and ran to the beach even we stepped on the rough road with salient roots. I was glad that I was one of the person that followed Peter in the first group.

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Generally speaking, seals were fond of cold environment, but probably it was too warm to have them showed up in our vision.

On the way back to the highway, we followed the red logos, which led to a swamp region. The heavy rain remained this are in a very muddy condition. We painfully wade the swamp. With fitful shriek from those people who stepped in the water and wet their shoes, we reached the end of this path, a impassable pond(maybe a estuary, directly connected the sea)

Mrs. Pollina appointed me as the guide to lead our team to the highway. Actually, everyone had no trouble following the yellow logos. At the point, some girls began to fall behind, but they still managed to keep up their pace with the whole team.

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All of a sudden, Mrs. Pollina gathered our team. In front of us laid on Becky, with her face covered.

What? She broke her arm?

We hastily applied our limited medical knowledge.

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Remove her body? No! Don’t touch her broken arm!

She is bleeding? So let ‘s press the heavy injury with gauze!

She fell on the ground? And more importantly, right on my feet? She is shocked! Let’s lift her leg up to promote bloody circulation.

Last but not least, of course we need to fix her broken arm with a hoody.

Her good acting skill tricked most of us. What a good actress!  Leonardo has no change to win Oscar if Becky becomes a professional actor.

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Unexpectedly the late-coming buses left us waited for a long in desperation. To sum it up, this is an energy-exploited hiking, but our discomforts are dispel with a warm lunch that café saved for us.

By Jeff Cui

The day finished in our warm classroom where tributes were judged on their camouflaging skills.

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The tributes for the 1st every Ross Hunger Games