Article by: Tanvi A.

Edited by: Kylie C., Lauren Z., Georgia L.

Photos by: Sandro L.

Conquer. Army. Royalty. Legacy. Long ago, the batches lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Battle arrived. On September 21st, freshmen (conquer), sophomores (army), juniors (royalty), and seniors (legacy) stormed the high school gym, waving flags and cheering at the top of their lungs for the opening ceremony of the annual Battle of the Bearcats (BOB), the most highly anticipated event of the year.

This year’s BOB was truly one of a kind, because it was the most inclusive, sustainable, and “hype” than any other year. With sustainability now playing a big part in the awarding of spirit points, a new chant was introduced: the clean-up song many students had once sung in elementary school made a comeback at many different events!

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The junior royalty wins Bearcat Idol!

This year, not only was BOB celebrated in the gyms and fields, but also in the clinic. A lot of upperclassmen were committed to being spirited but unfortunately had to tone down their enthusiasm to take care of their wellbeing.

Although every batch contributed to each event in their own way, whether through their prowess in the arts, sports, or cooking, the batch that ultimately won the most spirit points were the seniors. The Class of 2019 are the first batch in many years to win BOB in both their junior and senior year, ultimately creating their legacy. 

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“And the winner of BOB 2018 is…”

BOB is truly one of the most fun events of the year, as high school students have a chance to bond with the rest of high school. While some students enjoyed spent the whole day racing from event to event, banging on drums and cheering for other batches, some enjoyed refreshments from Potato Corner and the PCA.

“Watching the individual batch cheers and cheering with other grades during events was definitely the best part of BOB this year,” says junior Carmel L. Senior Annika S. says, “My favorite moment was entering the gym as the last batch. It was when when I realised that it would be the last time I would ever be this spirited with the batch of 2019.”

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The freshmen conquer BOB dance!

However, many students, particularly freshmen, are intimidated by the rowdy atmosphere of BOB and are reluctant to be spirited.

“BOB is really intimidating at first, but you get used to the spirited atmosphere,” says freshman Issy P. “You shouldn’t let the intimidation stop you from having fun!”

“Students shouldn’t just sit back and watch events,” says sophomore Yana P. “We should do our part and get involved in the activities, because anyone can win!”

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The sophomore army’s battle cry in action.

When asked about what advice she may have for following batches, Carmel says, “Throughout the day, students should always be spirited and shouldn’t worry about what others think or say. Have fun and enjoy it while it lasts!”

BOB this year was really remarkable as every student was smiling and celebrating every victory, and praising every effort. BOB never fails to prove the inclusive spirit of ISM students and their drive for being positive and encouraging individuals.

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