On Thursday afternoon, February 28th, the 8th Grade “Houses” — the Athenians, Shongums, Spartans, and Whippanies — gathered in the Gym to compete in a handball tournament. In the championship round, the Shongums rallied to tie the score, 1-1, and capture a share of first place with the Athenians. The Spartans and Whippanies finished third and fourth, respectively.
The House Challenge Cup, which began in 2006, is designed to boost class spirit while also giving students a sense of the School's tradition. The 8th Grade House names are rooted in Morristown and Beard School history - the Athenians and the Spartans were taken from the Beard School, while the Shongums and Whippanies were part of the Morristown School tradition.
To capture the Challenge Cup, the Houses compete in events throughout the year including dodge ball, quiz bowl, shield design, and a scavenger hunt. Students can also win points for their House based on their performance in academic and extracurricular activities. On the flip side, students can lose points for their House if they commit dress code infractions or if their behavior does not reflect the values of the School.