Article by James Dionisio ‘20
On November 9, 2017, the sophomore division engaged in friendly competition during Kellenberg’s ANOINT Day. Flaunting a wide array of brightly colored shirts, each sophomore homeroom is represented by a certain color. For the class of 2020, ANOINT Day was surely a success.
The day began as the class gathered in the auditorium to pray and watch a movie. To motivate the students about performing their best and teach them about coming to terms with loss, the film “When the Game Stands Tall” was shown. It centered on the 151 game winning streak of the prestigious De La Salle High School football team. However, once the team loses, a series of tumultuous events arise, including the death of a beloved player and the parental abuse of the team’s captain. The sophomores proceeded with the schedule after the moving video.
Most would agree that the best part of the day was the various sports and games. Every homeroom eagerly participated in the various athletic activities ranging from a tug of war to soccer to gaga ball. In addition, the students had the opportunity to listen to the insightful faith experience of alumnus Jay Asparro (‘97). They had also learned how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver from the members of the school’s health department. Though exhausted after the long afternoon and frigid weather, everyone was ecstatic to eat lunch and socialize with their fellow peers.
ANOINT Day concluded with Eucharistic adoration. The multitude of clubs and sports had selected members offer a relic to the altar to honor their specific prowess. Father Phillip Eichner delivered a homily stating that one should be prideful in his or her God-given talent and take the time to figure out their passion.
In the end, the class of 2020 grew a more inseparable bond, strengthening their everlasting friendships. This was definitely an unforgettable experience for the sophomores, and we anticipate more fun-filled events, much like ANOINT Day, here at Kellenberg Memorial High School.