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Gull Lake upperclassmen head into battle for 2018 round of Water Wars

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Gull Lake Water Wars, an end-of-the-year water gun elimination game for Gull Lake High School’s upperclassmen, began on Monday, May 1.

This year, 105 juniors and seniors paid the $5 entry fee to participate in Water Wars, as opposed to the mere 80 students that played last year.

Gull Lake students participating in water wars tend to keep their water guns on them at all times. Photo by Annie Thorn.

At the beginning of the game, participating students were assigned a target (another student participating in Water Wars) to hit with water and eliminate from the running, Gull Lake senior Kaleb Clous said. With each “kill” players are assigned a new target by game regulators (Clous and fellow senior Kaitlyn Stricker). The ultimate goal is to get as many kills as possible and to be the last one standing.

“You just keep going until there’s two left, and then you just get each other,” Clous said.

Water Wars isn’t a game without rules, however. According to Clous, in order to get someone out, students need a witness or video evidence. Once videos are sent in, they get posted to the Water Wars Twitter page.

“I’m really just hoping for some creative videos that people get: not just a water gun squirt, but maybe, you know, buckets of water or water balloons,” Clous said. “Just something that people will enjoy watching, because that’s what it’s really about.”

Clous said there are also regulations regarding when and where students can approach their targets.

“Basically, you can’t get people at their work, at their extracurricular activities or at school, or, like, when they’re walking in or walking out,” Clous said. “But everywhere else, like church, the grocery store, or wherever else, is fair game.”

Half of the total entry fees will be donated to charity, according to Clous. The rest of the funds will go to the first, second and third place competitors at the end of the game.

“Half of the money goes to charity, and we don’t know which charity yet, but this year we split the other half; 70 percent of the other half goes to 1st place, 20 percent goes to 2nd place, and 10 percent goes to 3rd place,” he said. “The first place prize is looking like 180 bucks right now.”

Some students participating in Water Wars hide to avoid elimination, according to Clous, which can slow down the pace of the game. To avoid this, Clous said there are quotas, which may be raised throughout the course of the game.

Clous, along with fellow senior Kaitlyn Stricker, decided to organize Water Wars this year because he didn’t like the way it was run last year.

“Kaitlyn and I, we’re decent friends, and we were just talking about it. We just thought it was poorly ran last year, and we thought we would be good and fair and just about it,” Clous said.

One key change Clous and Stricker made to Water Wars has to do with the way targets are assigned. In the past, names were simply drawn, but this year they used an excel spreadsheet to keep track of names and prevent name trading. Name trading, which has been a problem in previous years, occurs when players secretly exchange targets with each other.

“It just really creates chaos,” Clous said.

Annie Thorn

This is my first year on staff at the Reflection. I enjoy running track and cross country. I also spend a lot of time volunteering at Gracespring and the Richland Community Library. After I graduate this year, I hope to go to college and pursue a career in public history.


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