2017-08-10 / Happenings

Slytherin House wins CHA Quidditch Cup Tournament

Text and photos by Krista Tacey-Cater


THE SNITCH IS ON THE LOOSE (Left) After eight minutes of play, the “Snitch” played by Devyn Aus­tin (center) was released onto the Quidditch pitch. The goal is for the “Seekers,” who were being played by (far left) Zavior Kenney-Tewes and Alannis Bussa (second from left) was to pull a ball off of the Snitch’s back to earn 150 points. THE SNITCH IS ON THE LOOSE (Left) After eight minutes of play, the “Snitch” played by Devyn Aus­tin (center) was released onto the Quidditch pitch. The goal is for the “Seekers,” who were being played by (far left) Zavior Kenney-Tewes and Alannis Bussa (second from left) was to pull a ball off of the Snitch’s back to earn 150 points. “And the Golden Snitch is on the loose,” announc­ers Randee Gage and Brady Harrington yelled as a student zoomed around the pitch at Charlton Heston Academy’s Aug. 3 Quidditch Cup Tournament.

Quidditch, a fictitious and magical sporting event depicted in the Harry Potter books and films, involves players flying around on broomsticks with the team’s “Seeker” trying to catch the “Golden Snitch.”

In the Harry Potter series, players called “Chasers” try to score points by throw­ing a ball called a “Quaffle” through rings that are situated at the ends of the Quid­ditch pitch for 10 points. “Chasers” are trying to score points while players called “Beaters” try to keep their team safe from “Bludgers.” “Bludgers” are balls which try to knock players, including the “Seeker,” from their brooms. The ultimate goal is for the “Seeker” to secure the “Golden Snitch,” which is 150 points.


THE PRIZE Slytherin House was awarded the Quidditch Cup for winning the Charlton Heston Academy Quid­ditch Cup Tournament, which was held the afternoon of Aug. 3 at the Richfield Township Park. For the team’s efforts, they were awarded 100 House Points. THE PRIZE Slytherin House was awarded the Quidditch Cup for winning the Charlton Heston Academy Quid­ditch Cup Tournament, which was held the afternoon of Aug. 3 at the Richfield Township Park. For the team’s efforts, they were awarded 100 House Points. Being that the CHA students aren’t able to easily secure flying brooms and enchanted flying balls, the students used pool noodles to represent their brooms and a student dressed in yellow to run around quickly like a “Golden Snitch.” At the end of the tournament, Slytherin House defeated Gryffindor House for the Quidditch Cup and 100 House Points.


UP! Hufflepuff House leader and Charlton Heston Academy teacher Josh Alden stands behind his team in support as they readied for the opening of their Quidditch match against Slytherin House. In the Harry Potter movies and books, broomsticks are summoned to fly by saying “Up!” In the CHA Quidditch Cup Tournament Aug. 3, the students used pool noodles as their brooms. UP! Hufflepuff House leader and Charlton Heston Academy teacher Josh Alden stands behind his team in support as they readied for the opening of their Quidditch match against Slytherin House. In the Harry Potter movies and books, broomsticks are summoned to fly by saying “Up!” In the CHA Quidditch Cup Tournament Aug. 3, the students used pool noodles as their brooms. Earlier in the summer, CHA students were “sorted” into Hogwarts Houses, including Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, as part of the academy’s study of the Harry Potter series. Since the Sorting Ceremony, which took place July 13, students have been reading the Harry Potter books and competing to win House Points all in an effort to win the House Cup.


VICTORY! Slytherin Seeker Alannis Bussa is raised into the air by her housemates after she successfully caught the “Snitch” being played by Devyn Austin. VICTORY! Slytherin Seeker Alannis Bussa is raised into the air by her housemates after she successfully caught the “Snitch” being played by Devyn Austin. To cap off the CHA Harry Potter Unit, students will have an end-of-the-year celebration Aug. 17.



COLOR COMMENTARY (From left) Randee Gage and Brady Harrington provided the color commentary for the Charlton Heston Academy Quidditch Cup Tourna­ment Aug. 3. They also sounded the siren when points were made by the teams. COLOR COMMENTARY (From left) Randee Gage and Brady Harrington provided the color commentary for the Charlton Heston Academy Quidditch Cup Tourna­ment Aug. 3. They also sounded the siren when points were made by the teams.

STARE DOWN After several minutes of chasing each other, Seeker Josh Simmons (left) and Snitch Randy Franks stared each other down for a few seconds be­fore Franks ran away tauntingly. As a Seeker Simmons’ goal was to grab the yellow ball hanging from Franks’ back in order to secure 150 points. STARE DOWN After several minutes of chasing each other, Seeker Josh Simmons (left) and Snitch Randy Franks stared each other down for a few seconds be­fore Franks ran away tauntingly. As a Seeker Simmons’ goal was to grab the yellow ball hanging from Franks’ back in order to secure 150 points.

THE GOLDEN SNITCH Seeker Alannis Bussa holds up the Golden Snitch which she caught from Snitch Devyn Austin. Bussa and Austin were both tired from running around the Quidditch pitch for nearly 10 minutes straight before the Snitch was secured by Bussa. Just prior to Bussa catching the Snitch, it was suggested that fresh Seekers be substituted because Bussa and Huf­flepuff Seeker Zavior Kenney-Tewes were getting tired. THE GOLDEN SNITCH Seeker Alannis Bussa holds up the Golden Snitch which she caught from Snitch Devyn Austin. Bussa and Austin were both tired from running around the Quidditch pitch for nearly 10 minutes straight before the Snitch was secured by Bussa. Just prior to Bussa catching the Snitch, it was suggested that fresh Seekers be substituted because Bussa and Huf­flepuff Seeker Zavior Kenney-Tewes were getting tired.

PREGAME STRATEGY SESSION Gryffindor House Prefect Pat­rick Fink (center) gathers his housemates together to figure out strategy for their next Quidditch match against Slytherin. PREGAME STRATEGY SESSION Gryffindor House Prefect Pat­rick Fink (center) gathers his housemates together to figure out strategy for their next Quidditch match against Slytherin.

ZOOM! As part of Quidditch, which is a fictitious game played in the Harry Potter series, players fly around on broomsticks. As part of the Quidditch Cup Tournament held by Charlton Heston Academy Aug. 3, students like Alyssah Shwemle used swimming pool noodles to represent a broom. ZOOM! As part of Quidditch, which is a fictitious game played in the Harry Potter series, players fly around on broomsticks. As part of the Quidditch Cup Tournament held by Charlton Heston Academy Aug. 3, students like Alyssah Shwemle used swimming pool noodles to represent a broom.

PRESENTING THE QUIDDITCH CUP Teacher Alexandra Mozdzen (standing right), who is a leader of Slytherin House, presents her students with the Quidditch Cup after the Quidditch Cup Tournament Aug. 3. PRESENTING THE QUIDDITCH CUP Teacher Alexandra Mozdzen (standing right), who is a leader of Slytherin House, presents her students with the Quidditch Cup after the Quidditch Cup Tournament Aug. 3.

DODGING A BLUDGER, RUNNING WITH A QUAFFLE Chaser Randy Franks was the top scoring Gryffindor in the first match of the Charlton Heston Academy Quidditch Cup Tourna­ment. While on a scoring drive, Franks had to dodge a Bludger (red ball) while carrying a Quaffle, which is used to score 10 points by throwing it through one of three rings situated at the ends of the Quidditch pitch. When a Chaser is hit by a Quaffle, he or she must run back to their own team’s rings to be able to re-enter into play. DODGING A BLUDGER, RUNNING WITH A QUAFFLE Chaser Randy Franks was the top scoring Gryffindor in the first match of the Charlton Heston Academy Quidditch Cup Tourna­ment. While on a scoring drive, Franks had to dodge a Bludger (red ball) while carrying a Quaffle, which is used to score 10 points by throwing it through one of three rings situated at the ends of the Quidditch pitch. When a Chaser is hit by a Quaffle, he or she must run back to their own team’s rings to be able to re-enter into play.

GRYFFINDOR PRIDE Charlton Heston Academy fresh­man Kaylie McNally holds up a Gryffindor banner in support of her team at the Quidditch Tour­nament Aug. 3. Gryffindor took second place in the tournament, which earned them 75 house points. GRYFFINDOR PRIDE Charlton Heston Academy fresh­man Kaylie McNally holds up a Gryffindor banner in support of her team at the Quidditch Tour­nament Aug. 3. Gryffindor took second place in the tournament, which earned them 75 house points.

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