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The Highland Games: A game that originated in Scotland

Weir High School had their first ever Highland on Friday May 10th, 2024. It’s a game of strength with challenges consisting of the Caber Toss which was a 10 feet by 4 inches pvc pipe and you have to flip it and get it as close to 12pm as possible. Stone put which is shot put with a stone, Tug o’ war and then the top 5 men and the top 3 girls would get to participate in a final lifting of a 135-pound rock. They would have to try and lift it to their shoulder and how many reps of that could they do in 1 minute.

Teacher Keenan Seditz stated “I wanted to originally study an international sport, have the students learn the rules, and perform the said sport. We found the opportunity that other classes and students wanted to do it, so I opened it up to the school. We had 40 competitors and over 100 students in attendance!”

Janai Turner says “I think it’s a fun event for students to participate in. Being able to compete was an accomplishment in itself because girls are overlooked especially when it comes to heavy objects”

Tim Ferguson from the West Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games of Beverly, WV was there as well as John McClurg from Stone Circle Strongman of Pittsburgh, PA. There is a National Highland game on June 15th at 4H Camp Pioneer in Beverly

Noah McClain stated “I thought getting in the Top 5 was pretty cool and I think the Highland Games was really fun to compete in”

“Overall, I think it went very well! It was a great opportunity to learn about a new culture and get students involved in physical fitness in ways they never could have imagined!” said Seditz.

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Joey Bennett
Hi, my name is Joey Bennett and I’m a junior at Weir high School. This is my first year being in the Video journalism class and our Newspaper/yearbook class. I’m a 2 year letterman majorette as well as being a feature majorette right now. I’ve gone to Boston to learn more about Journalism in general and how to get better as well as going to the Boston globe. Outside of school I work at Wendy’s and I’m a Tumble/ cheer coach. My passion is to become a psychologist and help people get through their struggles. I love being in journalism because this is a way of expressing my feelings depending on what I write about and I hope to help people with what I write or make a video about too. I also am excited to cover stories that are going on in my community and school.  I love to play the piano, tumble, and go to my youth group at my church. A fun fact about me is I used to be a contortionist.
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