by Spencer Klink ’20
The Jacobson Cup has been a middle school tradition for 11 years, dating back to 2004. The event takes place year-round, and a community service drive took place before Thanksgiving break. Other events include Field Day, a school event which takes place in May. Head of Middle School and English teacher Jon Wimbish, Athletic Director Darlene Bible, Middle School dean and French teacher Betsy Ilg, and former dean Josh Budde started the event. Ilg said the goal of the Jacobson Cup is to give students a break from their regularly hectic lives.
“Kids were just too busy and there weren’t enough fun things on campus. Back then, there weren’t as many clubs and there weren’t as many outlets for [students] to go outside and relax and decompress.,” Ilg said. “It was a lot more complicated back then. All the events had to be signed up for and each class had to be represented. It morphed into a more organic thing where kids can just show up, do stuff, have fun and gain points. It really isn’t about winning.”
The four teams in the Jacobson Cup are the Polecats, Ferrets, Otters and Badgers, which are all animals related to the school mascot, the wolverine. For the school drive, the four houses completed to donate the most travel-sized toiletries to a local community service organization.