RHS Volleyball Lock-In draws 262 participants
By Jessica Ciparelli - ReminderNews
Vernon - posted Thu., Mar. 22, 2012
“Irish Setters,” “Over.net,” “Acebook,” “Serve-ivor,” and “Soft Serve” were just five of the 36 teams to take the hardwood of Rockville High School's gym and auxiliary gym for what has become a popular event – the annual RHS Volleyball Lock-In.
Now in its sixth year, the event was sponsored by the Vernon Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council, RHS Peer Advocates and “SSNAP,” or “Students Seeking New Achievements Positively,” which has a mission to help students make good decisions. The Peer Advocates and SSNAP planned the event, said Kim McTighe, youth counselor for Vernon Youth Services Bureau.
“They love taking ownership of this,” said McTighe.
The 262 participants, approximately 20 percent of the student population, paid $10 each, creating teams of six to eight students for the round-robin, then single-elimination tournament. They brought canned goods to donate to the Hockanum Valley Community Council. McTighe estimates approximately 350 cans were collected.
Alyssa Holmes, a senior event organizer and member of “SSNAP” and Peer Advocates, wasn't surprised that the event sold out again this year. “Last year, it sold out in a day and a half; this year, a day and a quarter,” Holmes said. “It's probably the most popular event this school does, and it's cool to be a part of it.”
It also serves as a morale-booster for the student body. “Teachers can feel morale increase around this time [of year],” said McTighe. “There's this buzz around the school. The students talk about their uniforms and team names.”
“It's a Friday night that we know there are 250-plus students in one place, having fun and are substance-free,” said Holmes.
Some teams and players return year after year. Others, like German exchange student Karolin Lungwitz, attended her first volleyball lock-in with her teammates, “The Chens.” It didn't take much convincing for Lungwitz, a senior, to participate.
The Rock Boyz, senior members of the RHS basketball team, were confident in predicting the tournament results. “We're gonna win,” said Evan Caine, whose team won the tournament sophomore year.
“This is our last year – we've got to go hard or go home,” said Rock Boyz senior Octavius McGhee-Kelly. “There's no coming back.”
And the Rock Boyz were right – they did win, defeating “Final 8,” a competitive freshmen team. The “Best Spirit” award went to “Pancakes All Night;” “Best Team Name” to “Sugar and Spike;” and “Best Outfit” to “The Chens.”