Students participate in and win prizes at tournament
Over 50 Western students participated at Saturdayâ€™s ping-pong tournament in the Blum Union.
Yellow shirts, which were given to all participants, came and went as students played the game, mingled with friends and enjoyed the food.
Still standing at the end was Brian Munson, who was the winner of the tournament and received the Nintendo Wii.
â€œIâ€™m definitely happy,â€ Munson said. â€œIt was a fun experience. There were a lot of people â€“ a lot more than I thought. Anytime you can win a Wii playing ping-pong, thatâ€™s pretty awesome.â€
In second place came Drew Newhart, who received a $100 Barnes and Noble gift certificate, third place belonged to Dustin Strickles, who was given a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate and fourth place was Jacob Schoonover, who won a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
The top 16 players were given a second shirt and a trophy. These individuals were Craig Wolfe, Mark Ryder, Luke Ackers, Brian Munson, Dustin Stickler, Dustin Dendleton, David McDowell, Brian James, Drew Newhart, Jimmy Daugherty, Marcy Sullwold, Ben Lee, Ray Yeomans, Larry Pendleton, Adam Wood and Jacob Schoonover.
Anyone who attended the tournament could sign up to win an XBox 360. Elaisha Mattie was the winner of this yearâ€™s Xbox 360 drawing. She was surprised and happy to have won.
â€œI really donâ€™t win anything at all,â€ Mattie said. â€œI get into drawings and never win.â€
Student Courtney Slater plays ping-pong in her spare time and was happy to participate in the competition.
â€œI play everybody for fun over at the LLC and Leverton,â€ Slater said. â€œItâ€™s fun to see all of us together and see whoâ€™s the best. Itâ€™s normally just played for fun, but itâ€™s also fun to get competitive.â€
Wonda Berry, recreation services and facilities director, feels this tournament was a success. She was proud of all the hard work that went into lifting the event off the ground.
â€œAs a person who runs tournaments, I think this one ran smoothly,â€ Berry said. â€œIt was because of all the help that we had. Everyone pulled together and knew what to do.â€
Residence Council supported the tournament. Traci Haug and Charles Howell were the two members who handed out shirts to all those who attended.
â€œIt turned out great,â€ Haug said. Howell echoed her sentiments.
â€œIt really did turn out great,â€ Howell said. â€œWe did not know what to expect.â€
Kathy Kelly, dean of student affairs, was pleased with the turnout and the support shown by Westernâ€™s community.
â€œI am so happy to see everyone come out here and play,â€ Kelly said.