It was a moment that would change the games’ history forever.
As David Okada, Chief Planning Officer and co-creator of the Annual President’s Cup Competition called out the names of this year’s winners, the room quickly shifted from dead silence to a cacophonous roar.
First time participants the Pohnpei Student Organization (PSO) placed first overall in the Fifth Annual President’s Cup Competition as announced during the awards ceremony held March 17.
“It’s the way we communicate and the way we play together as well as hearing our friends cheer for us that made us work hard,” said Ivenglynn Andon, a senior exercise science major and co-team captain of PSO.
For the last four years, an ROTC team earned first place. This year, the ROTC Savages and Marine Lab’s Bad News Barracudas tied for second place. The Oh Set Tritons, an alumni team, placed third.
“We really want people in our school and the community to know about our positive capabilities,” said Noriekka Lekka, a senior social work major and co-captain of PSO. “We’ll definitely be back next year.”
History of the Games
Jonas Macapinlac, Director of Integrated Marketing Communication and co-creator, said the President’s Cup was made to get students and employees more involved in the Charter Day festivities.
“We wanted to generate more excitement for Charter Day,” Macapinlac said. “And of course, we wanted an activity where students, alumni, and employees from across the campus came together for friendly competition.”
But the games have seen a lot of changes since the first year.
Held on Charter Day in 2013, two-teams, employees vs. students, battled it out in events such as dodge ball, tug-of-war, and a pie-eating contest for the 1st Annual President’s Cup Competition.
In the years to follow, events were added and dropped, including ROTC EST and golf. This year, the games were shaved down to 8 events with 15 teams competing for the title and trophy.