Blake Gorman ’13, Eagle Reporter
Here at Missouri Military Academy in the beginning of each year there is a Company Competition called the “Opening Games.” Companies compete against each other in various events and also enjoy a battalion barbeque that the MMA staff helps set up and run.
Cadets enjoyed barbecued hamburgers and bratwurst at the opening of school picnic.
After cadets finished their meals, the 124th Corps of Cadets formed in the bleachers of Colonels Field for the introduction of the Opening Games.
The first event was the Enthusiasm Company Competition. In this event, cadets in each company yell out their company name to express their enthusiasm and pride for their company. LTC Greg Seibert declared Echo Company the winner of this event after hearing the most cheers from them.
Echo Company Commander Diego Salinas leads his men in the company enthusiasm competition.
After the Enthusiasm Competition, cadets took on the first physical event, the sack races. In this competition, a team of cadets hopped to across the field in a sack, to a cone, and back to the starting line. Echo Company also proved victorious in the sack races.
A favorite event of the Corps, Tug-of-War was next on the schedule. Companies squared off against all the others trying to find their way to the first place podium. Echo continued their winnings ways and showed their strength in its victory.
In the Dizzy Bat Relay, the cadets’ objective was to stand a baseball bat on the ground and spin around ten times with their head on the bat. A team of cadets would then run from cone to cone, one at a time, and whenever they reached the second cone they had to spin around again. Bravo Company pulled through for their first win with the use of speed and balance.
The next event was the Cross Country Skis. This event built up a lot of frustration and it really tested the cadets’ perseverance and patience. A lot of companies kept on falling over on their skis, requiring them to start over, but the Echo Company’s perseverance gained them yet another victory.
Dillion Dawson ’14 and his Delta Company crew navigate Colonels Field in the Cross Country Skis event.
To wrap up the Opening Games, the Corps had the last event of the day: the singing of the Old MMA motto. Choir director MAJ Mike Shoemaker judged the singing competition.
“The enthusiasm was excellent, but the singing quality needed a great deal of improvement,” he said. “But Charlie Company was the best of the bunch.”
Despite two Bravo wins, Echo Company nearly swept the competition and took their place as winners of the 2012-2013 Opening Games. The result also meant Echo gained an early lead on the march toward becoming Honor Company.
“Our enthusiasm and desire to have fun led us to victory,” said Cadet Jack Solls ’14 of his company’s efforts. The Corps additionally participates in two Cadet Challenge competitions during the school year.