This year, once again, the teaching staff at Bullis surprised its students with another incredible Beyond the Books day on Thursday February 20th. This year’s Beyond the Books day featured an inspiring performance by Ryan Porter in the morning, fun “minute-to-win-it” games, as well as various different grade level speakers and activities.
“I think the first speaker was really awesome, he really connected with us and used our language,” says Jonas Hosmer.
“I thought that Ryan Porter was really entertaining and really reached us as an audience,” Ana Elhom says. “He was really enthusiastic and connected with us really well.”
“I thought Ryan was entertaining and kept the crowd awake for sure,” says Easton Furman.
After the Ryan’s captivating performances some students headed down to the gym to play “minute-to-win-it” games while others stayed behind for a Q&A with Ryan.
While many students had a great deal of fun playing the "minute-to-win- t" games some students thought they could have been “more interactive”. Some students felt as though the games were more of a time filler and had less value, although all of the students who played the games agreed that they had a lot of fun bonding with their classmates and getting to compete with people they might not normally interact with. Although, students did comment saying that the teachers put a lot of effort into running the games, and they did appreciate the effort.
In the afternoon some students saw a one-man show about bullying. The general consensus of the show was that it was a little “young for (us)”. Students felt like it might have been a better show for a younger crowd such as the seventh or eighth graders.
Some students also felt that the bullying show didn’t make as big of an impact because many students were tired, seeing as it was towards the end of the day. A lot of students weren’t really focused on the show.
“The show wasn’t absorbed as well as it should have been,” says Easton Furman. “It probably would have been better to have it in the beginning of the day because then people would have paid more attention.”
“There should have been an aspect involving online bullying,” Sarah Holliday says. “It was more focused around physical bullying which we really don’t see too much of at our school and in our day and age.”
At the very end of the day, the Juniors and Seniors saw a performance called “Talk About It”, in addition to a workshop with those performers. The show features several actors depicting and narrating true sexual assault stories from college students around the country. The actors also talked about the rules regarding sexual consent and why it is important to have a sexual partner’s consent.
The show was a sort of shock to many students who didn’t realize the extent to which sexual assault can go to in college:
“I liked the show, it was a sort of harsh reality check,” says Eliana Roseen.
“I think it was an important part of the day because it is going to eventually be an issue that we will all face in college,” says Fallon McKnight. “It is better that we acknowledge it now and learn about it then just pretend like it doesn’t happen.
Overall, students had a great time Thursday and really enjoyed the day off from classes. Every year, Beyond the Books provides students an invaluable day to learn beyond the books. It offers students new life experiences, and is a part of the Bullis curriculum that sets Bullis ahead of other schools. Students look forward to next year in anticipation of who or what will make an appearance.