By: Sasha Nieves
For the third year in a row, when spring comes around and the temperature begins to rise, the seniors of Attleboro High School (AHS) compete in the annual Senior Assassin Game. At the cost of $5, each player is allowed to join into this paranoia filled game, risking it all for the final prize.
Each senior who plays is randomly assigned a special target who has opted to play. For the following weeks, that person becomes the focus and essentially the only way to move up in the game.
In order to win, each senior is required to shoot their target anywhere on their body with water to level up. The best part is — the only way to eliminate that target is to squirt them with any water gun the senior desires. Many seniors have exceeded the expectations, buying squirt guns that range from $12-30.
As more seniors continue to enclose and capture their targets, the number of players in the game has begun to dwindle rapidly.
“I have waited for this moment all four years; I saw my sister play when she was a senior and I couldn’t wait until it was our turn,” said AHS senior Emma Nelson.
For days, even weeks, students participating in the game are filled with fear and a desire to ultimately survive the wrath of their peers and avoid being drenched.
“Friendships will end, promises will be broken, and the paranoia will destroy you,” said AHS 2013 alumni Cody Freeman, who aids in the setup of the game.
Thankfully for many seniors, there are multiple “safe zones.” These include the high school, the school parking lot, anywhere the student works, and the inside of that particular senior’s car.
“I live down the street from the school, so even stepping foot outside is a risk. I don’t have a garage either so I run to my car every morning so there is no way my assassin will get me,” said AHS senior Juliana Aroujo.
Despite these safe zones, many seniors and even parents are beginning to realize the determination and dedication of this year’s senior class members who are involved in the game. Students have camped outside of houses, waited outside of work places, and even created secret charts trying to decipher the targets of their fellow competitors.
Although many may find themselves overwhelmed or even scared to venture outside, the Senior Assassin game does contribute to a good cause.
In addition to awarding the final winner $200 for surviving the game, half the profits go to the Special Olympics fundraiser.
“I think it’s a great idea, not only does the winner get $200, which will absolutely help for college, but it’s also helping a good cause, which our school fully supports,” said AHS senior Sarah Powers.
The Senior Assassin game is “a waited for privilege” that many underclassmen spend years looking forward to. It allows each class of seniors to own their competitiveness and contribute to a good cause by making a challenging and exciting game out of water guns, and simple fun with the fellow peers they have grown up with.
As Freeman said, “Have fun! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”