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Students take on administration, faculty, staff in basketball matchup

Madison Mathews • Mar 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

It’s not every day a student is playing a game of basketball against their teachers and assistant principal.

What’s a student to do during such a game?

Well, take full advantage of it, of course.

“It’s kind of a funny rivalry with teachers. They give you homework and you take it out on them,” Ridgeview Elementary School eighth-grader Gabe Sanders said with a sly grin.

But Friday wasn’t just any ordinary day at Ridgeview. It was the school’s EPIC March Madness celebration, which pitted both Ridgeview’s boys and girls teams against faculty, staff and administration.

EPIC is a positive behavior support program that Ridgeview has been a part of over the last several years. Every nine weeks, a program is held for students who collected “Raptor tickets.” The kids can cash them in for a chance to participate in the program.

This was the second year for the faculty vs. student basketball game.

It was also the second time art teacher Penny McMillion had played basketball.

McMillion, who said she’s a bit structured in the classroom, enjoys game time since she and the other teachers get to let loose as the students get the chance to drop their guard, too.

“We all wear a lot of hats and depending on the hat we have on, our personality may change, but I think it’s a great way for us to get to know each other,” she said during halftime of Friday’s game.

This has been a banner year for both of Ridgeview’s basketball teams. The boys were state champs and the girls came in second during the state championship.

With both teams doing so well, Assistant Principal John McKinney said the teacher vs. student game was something they really wanted to do.

For the eighth-graders on the team, Friday’s game was the last time any of them would play on the Raptor court. That was on the mind of Jaclyn Jenkins, who also got the chance to play against her mom, Tonya, who coaches the girls team.

“I texted all the girls last night and I was like, ‘This is our last game, let’s give it our all,’ ” she said.

While it was an emotional day, Jenkins said the lighthearted nature of the game helped, especially since she and the other students were getting a chance to see the teachers in another light.

“You think they’re strict but once you get them out on the basketball court, they’re, like, really funny and stuff like that,” she said.

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