The Splash That Seniors Enjoy

Connor Green, staff writer

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Senior Assassins, a game played by high school seniors, has taken the school by storm since it was first introduced. With water guns as weapons, and swimwear as protection, the game pits teams of two against each other.

“It is pretty fun, I get to connect with a lot of people from school that I have never talked to before,” said Nick Nielsen, a senior who is playing the game this year.

The goal of the game is simple: eliminate all other players and be the last one standing. Students can choose a partner, but they are assigned which other teams they must assassinate. Participants use water guns to eliminate opponents, and these “kills” must be videotaped to count.

It takes motivation and skill to stay in the game. For Derek Hertzell, the senior with the most elimination, the fun of the game is what got him involved. “I just wanted to play with my friends,” said Hertzell.

To make the game more competitive, there are things that can make a player “off limits.” For example, wearing beach wear, such as floaties or goggles, makes a player unkillable. Also, school and places of work are off limits. In addition, there are several Purge Days, where players can assassinate any other team, not just the ones they were assigned.

Besides being fun, there is a financial incentive to play. Each team is required to pay an entry fee, which is used to award prizes to the winners. This year, the winner will receive  $2000, the runner up $1250, third place $750, fourth $500, and fifth $250. At the beginning of the competition, Cactus Shadows had a little over 300 participants.

“Honestly, the money was a big reason to play,” said Hertzell. “It’s 2000 dollars, ya know?”

Not everyone is a fan. With two car crashes since the start of the game, Senior Assassins is starting to spark controversy in Cave Creek. In addition, students at Franklin High School in Boston, Massachusetts, called the game ‘hypocritical’ after the recent mass shootings.  Additionally, they believe that, “students could find a new way or game to have fun at the end of the year.”

“I’ve never seen more than kids with floaties and such, so I don’t really have a problem with it,” said Luke Scott, the Film and TV teacher.

In Hopkinton, Massachusetts, one case turned criminal when a student was mistaken for a gun-wielding criminal, creeping inside a resident’s garage. It’s cases like these that cause people to dislike the game or call it unethical.

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