Irvington Club Hunger Games


The official Irvington Club Hunger Games logo

Megan Dhingra, Student Life Editor

On March 23, the Irvington Inter-club Council (ICC) held their very own Irvington Club Hunger Games, where the clubs competed to make money for their events. Participating clubs gathered in the courtyard, where they first had to make an alliance with a business partner to obtain materials to sell to students. Representatives from places like Chipotle, T4, and Chaat Bhavan were scattered in various places across the courtyard. The officer team’s treasurer had to sprint to each and try to make a business deal with them. 

“Oh, this round was actually quite easy,” said Math Club president Para Bola (11). “Using matrices, conic functions, and obtaining the absolute value of the data as well as the mean deviation, we were able to calculate the ideal transaction with the business to ensure that both parties would benefit well from the deal.”

For other clubs, this was not such an easy ordeal. Over 20 of the 30 participating clubs were eliminated in this round, as they failed to meet the needs of their business partners and negotiate a successful deal. 

After the first two rounds, it was time to unleash the student body, called “the buyers,” to buy the materials that the clubs were selling. 

“The Hunger Games really did satisfy my hunger. There were a lot of cultural foods, like eggos,” said Pea Ta (9), “It was kinda hectic though. There were people running around trying to attract attention for their clubs and screaming things. I thought I would get run over by a couple of juniors that were trying to advertise their club.”

On top of being hectic, club officers also had to make drastic price reductions in order to sell their materials and survive. DECA and debate ended up being the most successful throughout all the rounds. However, due to the presence of a viral disease in the recent States conference DECA members attended, they felt fatigued and were not able to publicize as much as debate. This made debate the ultimate winner of the Irvington Club Hunger Games. 

“I think we owe it all to our brilliant negotiating skills,” said debate president Affir Mativ (12), “I’d like to thank everyone in debate, basically freshmen, for their overwhelming support in helping us raise money for our club.”

The diminished club funds from the FUSD budget had really impacted operations at Irvington, but the Irvington Club Hunger Games allowed clubs to earn an unprecedented amount of revenue, with Debate making over $500. Due to its success, it would be nice to continue this event in order for Irvington clubs to continue benefiting their community, and of course, their college apps.