During morning formation on Tuesday, September 29, the senior class ran a push-up competition among the freshmen as the first event of the Commandant's Cup competition. This event was won by Will Toland of B company.
The Commandant's Cup is a prize won by a single company after winning a series of competitions. These competitions are usually team-based, with one company proving its superior teamwork over the others. Each competition won by a company logs a 'point' for that company, and the company that accrues the most of these points gets ?its name engraved on the Cup and earns a prize that is currently undetermined. It was discontinued a few years ago, but was brought back last year with Commandant Long and is being continued this year with Commandant Walker, much to the excitement of Cadets. "I'm glad [the Commandant's Cup] is back," said senior Charlie Williamson. "It's a great way to keep morale up."
Tuesday morning was the day that kicked off this classic tournament. After inspection was finished, all the freshmen were called up to the center of formation and told to get down. The freshman who could continue to do push-ups the longest would earn a point for their respective company.
The competition crawled on for about five minutes, with freshmen dropping like flies. With each push up, the remaining freshmen grew weaker and weaker, until there were two Cadets remaining. Wilson Toland, representing B company, and Clint Ellison, representing Honor Platoon, were the final Cadets remaining. The two struggled in sync until Ellison collapsed and Toland was named the winner. "I'm proud of him," said Will's older brother, senior Ben Toland. "He did a good job."
"The smaller guys always win," said Williamson. "They have less weight to push up."
Different events involving the other classes will follow in the coming weeks as the companies vie for the Commandant's Cup.