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Let the games begin

“Let the games begin!”

On Wednesday, April 17th, the Latin department hosted the Second Annual Chariot Races in the George Circle at 2:00 in the afternoon. This tradition originated at the St. Ignatius in Cleveland, Ohio, a Jesuit high school. It was founded by Mr. Dybicz, who brought the tradition to Georgetown Prep last year. It has quickly become one of the most exciting events of the school year, bringing everyone together for an afternoon.

The Chariot Races bring out some of the most creative Prep students with their unique builds for their chariots. Students who participate in the race receive extra credit from their Latin teacher, which incentivizes the students to sign up and race. This year, 64 teams competed in an NCAA March Madness-style bracket (an increase from last year’s 54 competitors) with the seeding determined by the Classics club. Each team had to pay a $15 entrance fee, and the money raised during the event went to cancer research.

As for structural requirements, the chariots had to have at least two wheels, two handles, and the ability to make it around the course. The final requirement was the most difficult to meet. The most common design appeared to be the converted trash can while some of the more interesting designs included a converted stroller, wagon, and a wooden house on wheels.

When school let out, students, teachers, faculty members, and parents surrounded the George Circle with an excitement that rivaled an IAC championship game. As the races went on, students and faculty watched the racers compete against each other. Some races came down to the final moment, and some races were humorous due to the chariots. Going into the race, some thought that Nico Schlafani and Patrick Colbert might go back to-back and win their second Chariot Races or maybe sophomores Alex Yellin and Thomas Singleton would take home the coveted title. However, as the field narrowed down, the final pitted juniors Matt Bowers and Landon Jana versus sophomores Ryan Talbot and Cole Reposa. In a close race, Ryan Talbot edged out Matt Bowers.

In all, the excitement surrounding the chariot races did not disappoint. The event was a great way for the community to come together to cheer on our friends and relax. Regarding the success of the races, Mr. Dybicz said, “We are a serious school, with high standards for both academics andbehavior—and that is a good thing. I know what it’s like to work at a school with lower standards, and I therefore appreciate what we have at Prep. It is precisely because of the inherent amount of stress and pressure accompanying our high standards that things like chariot races can be so great, providing a welcome source of levity.”

When asked to comment about this year’s races, Mr. Dybicz said, “I was very happy with last year’s inaugural chariot races, and I think they were even better this year. There were more close races, and more spectacular–but ultimately safe!—crashes.”

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