• Taking the Big Plunge: The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge
  • Taking the Big Plunge: The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge
  • Taking the Big Plunge: The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge

Taking the Big Plunge: The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge

By Jalexis Edwards

On January 6 of 2018, students at the Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) participated in their own version of the Polar Bear Plunge, an event where a large group of people form a club to run into the ocean in support of a charitable organization at the beginning of the new year.

ASMS made the event their own by having students jump into the school pool, since they do not have access to the ocean.

This is the third year ASMS has held his event, something Ian Bunker, SGA Activities Chair, wanted to keep going because of the great time everyone has had at the event in the past. The event was planned by Wyatt Slocum and Janet Hwang, both juniors on SGA Activities Committee.

They encouraged their fellow students to get their waivers signed over the holiday break so that they would be able to participate in the fun activity. An announcement was made at their school-wide assembly stating the time of the event and advertising that there would indeed be snacks! Purchase order forms were filled out and the food was bought. With preparation for the event already complete, the only thing left was to open the pool for a very, wet and cold plunge.

Students enjoyed a good time with great music, good food, and special guests. Classic songs, such as “Ice Ice Baby” was played on a portable speaker. The special guests, included: Mr. Barry, Mr. Hoyle, and Mr. Barry’s dog, Bowser, who all showed up in support for the yearly experience.

Noah Clifton, a sophomore who experienced the event for the first time described it as being, “…a thrilling yet chilling experience. I think everyone should do it, but it is not for people who are afraid of the cold.” As Noah described, this event is definitely one for the books, or internet, in this case and is an experience that many who took their first plunge will forever remember.

Pictures from the event can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9oDwPs

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