Northside Cubby Walk
By Alina Yamin
Cubby Walk is one of Northside’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions and a fundraiser for Northside. The school makes money from the donations that the students collect. All students who raise $40 or more are given a free ticket to the Cubs game. On April 25, you could feel the excitement in the air.
The day started with everyone in their advisories collecting their t-shirts designed by Northside’s own Kimberly Grabiec, Adv 902. Each year, Northside holds a t-shirt design competition for Cubby Walk. The school votes and the design with the most votes wins, and everyone wears the winning design on the walk. Grabiec entered the contest each of her four years and finally won her senior year. The design is of three light blue cubs above lettering that says, “Northside Cubby Walk 2019.”
After everyone received their shirts, the whole school went down for the annual Cubby Walk Pep Rally. The pep rally was emceed by Donovan Holt, Adv 902, Nick Colegrove, Adv 903, Michael Muzzupappa, Adv 907. It included ridiculous, but hilarious games. The first game was a competitive karaoke game and pairs of two teachers played against one another. The winners were picked by student applause, and Mr. Timothy Jung, English department, and Ms. Katherine Mathews, counseling department, won by a landslide. Another game included two members of each class seeing how many gatorade bottles they could knock down with a ball attached to their head with pantyhoes. The seniors won, knocking down more than thirty bottles in a minute. The pep rally also included stellar dance moves and rap lyrics from the emcees as well as free t-shirts that were thrown to the crowd. The pep rally got everyone excited and energized for the upcoming walk and game. Ali Hashem, Adv 904 says, “The pep rally was so fun and cool this year!”
The weather for the walk was beautiful. It was 55 degrees and sunny. Friends walked together and some stopped for food at local restaurants along the way. Friends of Northside parents distributed water and encouragement along the way.
The game was a close one. The Cubs played the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers scored the first run in the fifth inning and then another one in the eighth. The Cubs finally scored a run in the ninth inning, but could not score another to tie the game, and sadly the Cubs did not pull out a victory.
Corey Schenck, Adv. 909, said “Although the Cubs couldn’t pull off a victory, I had a great time watching baseball with my friends. In past years the weather has not been optimal, but this year it was perfect which only added to my experience.”