• Josiah Payne

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  • Josiah Payne

Tomorrow evening kicks of our first Extended weekend of the year. This is a great opportunity for IMSA students (and staff). To relax and re-calibrate for the stretch run into first semester finals. And boy do we all need it after back-to-back weeks of Wing Wars and Homecoming.

Wing Wars provided a great opportunity for the boys to come together through some healthy competition. They competed with the other 3 wings in 04 in a variety of events including, an 'Iron Chef' style cooking competition, RC trivia, basketball, dodegeball, and a producing a wing movie. Though we place 3rd overall, C-Wing won the trivia competition and swept the other wings in the dodgeball tournament, with Xander Van Horn emerging as the last man standing in a down-to-the-wire match-up with B-Wing. Our wing movie was done in the style of a horror film with cinematography by Richard Jun, editing by Jonathan Gao, and appearances by Alej Curtis, Aabshar Ghassi, James Stuedemann, Akash Gandhi, Teja Gunitpalli, Shaun Bhurgri, and Yours Truly. I'll post it if I can get someone to give me a copy.

Homecoming was a blast with events and dress-up days throughout the week. Many C-Wingers enjoyed the annual Hypnotist show, Pep Rally, and Homecoming Dance. The Varsity Soccer Team, on which Sohil Reddy, Alej Curtis, Nathan Kim, Hasan Almousawi, and Nafay Abdul all play, won their Homecoming Game vs neighboring Aurora Central Catholic 3-0.

Our own Kyle Abend turned 16 on 9/17 and we had a great time celebrating with him and indulging in some cake and ice cream.

Now that October has arrived, 1504 is beginning to plan our annual Halloween Party. Stay tuned to find out how you can contribute to the festivities.

Don't forget to check out the photo section of our site for some pictures from our various events.

Have a great extended weekend. See you soon!

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  • Josiah Payne

The boys have spent the last couple of weeks gearing up for Wing Wars, our annual cross-wing competition which begins Sunday. The wings will compete is numerous events including, "Iron Chef", dodgeball, basketball, Jenga, and video games like Mario Kart and Wii Boxing. Each wing will also create a short movie and a wing t-shirt design which will be judged by students and RCs from around campus. The boys compete for points and one wing is crowned winner at the end of the week. It's a great opportunity for the boys to get to know their wing mates a little better and build community by working together toward a common goal. We will post photos here on the website.

Our upperclassmen recently took part in a program, run by myself and B-Wing RC Dennsa Mohamed, centered around preventing bullying and hazing at IMSA. This is a topic we take very seriously as we strive to make IMSA a safe and welcoming place for all of our residents. We challenged the upperclassmen to be leaders in this endeavor, holding each other accountable for treating their fellow residents with respect and speaking up against bullying and hazing should they encounter it. I was encouraged to hear some thoughtful commentary from our C-Wing boys throughout the course of the program.

Homecoming is fast approaching. Look for pictures and videos from various homecoming events to appear here. Also, please consider coming out to the Homecoming soccer game @ 10am on Saturday 9/29. Several of our boys play for the Titan Varsity Soccer Team and I know they would appreciate your support.

Lastly, 1504 and C-Wing are looking for donations to help us run programs and acquire needed supplies. If you are able, please consider making a monetary gift to the wing or bringing an item that we need. A wish list of supplies will be sent out soon. Also please feel free to contact me if you would like to bring a meal for the wing.

See you next time!

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