Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Water Assassins’ Causes Tidal Wave in Ripley Community

By: Lilly Sayre
The 2018 senior class is going out with a splash. After a group of seniors heard of Parkersburg South’s water assassin game they couldn’t resist hosting one of their very own.  

Starting April 18 a practice round for the Ripley high water assassins game was held. 
Students pair together and try to eliminate each other with water guns.Those  wanting to participate had a formed signed with parent permission and then both team members paid $10 to verify their entry. The two person teams were assigned a target which consist of another team participating in the game. There is a prize that consist of the money taken up from the teams as an entry fee. 

They have a week to hit their target assigned by the “Godfather” with water from a single-handed water pistol. Students are unaware of who is after them so safety is key.  They only have to assassinate one partner from a team to eliminate them. After that you wait until the end of the week before your new target is assigned. If they do not hit their target within the time limit or fail to get photographic/ video evidence of the kill then their team is eliminated.

Senior Megan Hughart said, “It was kind of a hassle videoing the kill, but the thrill is so worth capturing on camera.”

Locations around the Ripley community were classified as “kill zones” and “non-kill zones”. Non-kill zones are places such as churches, Jackson County School property, sports practices, places of employment, and etc. Places such as Walmart, Sheetz, and parking lots are legal kill zones. If you assassinate on private property, the kills must take place from 5 a.m. through 10:59 p.m. to avoid being mistaken for a criminal. This curfew only applies for privately-owned property. Other locations are open for legal kills till 1 a.m.

Senior Abby Cravens said, “It was tons of fun waking up early, and hiding out to get our target on his way to his car in the morning.”

Many students are excited to see who comes out on top when the game is over. Some plan to make a bracket to see how far their favorite team makes it.

Senior Najee Jones said, “I am having a very fun time. Me and my partner make a good team. I think we have a chance at winning the game.” 

The game has a possibility of lasting until project graduation. The final two teams will dual for the win.  The first official round of the game started April 30. Stick around to see which teams comes out on top as water assassin champs!


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