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Fun for all at the MSJ Cornhole Tournament


By Rachel G. ‘21


This past Saturday, October 24th, MSJ students, parents, and alumni gathered in the Martin McDonough Gymnasium to watch and participate in the first annual cornhole tournament hosted by the Publications Committee. As attendees entered the school, they were greeted by students at the concession stand for a quick snack, as well as the opportunity to purchase a hand-painted pumpkin by students as well. Music was blasting through the gym as the cornhole teams took their places, and you could hear them practicing beforehand with the thumping of each beanbag hitting the boards. The event kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by Pearl Bellomo, and the cornhole athletes started their matches. With gloves, masks, and proper social distancing, everyone was able to play safely. Each team put their hearts into each match, with laughter and exclamations of excitement to be heard from all. With announcer, Payton Thurston, keeping things lively and creating a fun atmosphere, everyone attending couldn’t help but have a good time.


The tournament was single-elimination, with 1st-3rd place winners, and a “winner of the losers” picked from a hat. Each match became more intense as the teams narrowed down, and the final two were teams “Magic Brush,” (Paul Gallo and Nate Traynor) and “The Coaches” (Chris Charbonneau and Josh Sousa). The final victor ended up to be team “Magic Brush,” who won a $100 Amazon gift card and had their names inscribed on the cornhole trophy. The 2nd place prize, going to “The Coaches,” was a large painted pumpkin and an MSJ tote bag. The 3rd place prize went to Team Jill and Jane, receiving a medium painted pumpkin and an MSJ tote bag as well. There was still hope for those who didn’t place in the top three, as it was Trish and Nancy who won the consolation prize of a small painted pumpkin and an MSJ tote bag, after their names were picked out of a hat.


The Publications Committee would like to thank everyone involved who made this event successful, especially to participating members and any MSJ Student Ambassadors who helped to set up and staff this event. The cornhole boards were generously donated by Paul Gallo, as well as the PFC who donated various prizes and equipment used for the tournament. And last, but not least, Ms. Hogan, the publications advisor, who helped to plan much of this event. It would not have been possible without her time and effort put into this fundraiser. The Publications Committee is able to design a higher-quality yearbook thanks to donations from the community and the profits from the cornhole tournament. We are grateful for our MSJ family!


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