With 10 stops and 10 teams, The Not Lost Just Wandering team had a challenge to come out on top in the first-ever Hillsdale edition of “The Amazing Race,” a version of the popular television show hosted by the Student Activities Board on April 7.
Not Lost Just Wandering raced against nine other teams, with 50 students total, in a scavenger hunt throughout campus, the cities of Hillsdale and Jonesville.
The SAB creative assistant, sophomore Mollie Dill, brought the idea of hosting an Amazing Race event to a brainstorming session at the end of last year.
“We thought it would be a really cool thing to do to stimulate the creativity of the students and have a super fun and competitive atmosphere,” Dill said.
A few of the locations along the scavenger hunt included a trip to Market House Supermarket, Mossey Library, and The Udder Side. While at the Market House Supermarket, teams were given a list of grocery items and their prices to find. The total of all the prices served as the clue, telling them the address of their next location. While at the library, competitors were given a call number which would lead them to their next clue. As the teams headed to The Udder Side, they had to pick one team member to eat a medium-sized cup of ice cream.
The Hillsdale women’s basketball team carried their cooperation on the court to campus. The team consisted of captain senior Michele Boykin, freshman Clare Mitchell, senior Jessica De Gree, senior Allie Dewire, and junior Brittany Gray.
“We all kind of knew each other’s strengths. Jess is good at knowing the city and solving clues. Brittany ate the ice cream. She doesn’t really like sweets, but she didn’t complain. Allie was our driver,” Boykin said. “Whoever was the closest to the clue would figure out what to do. We all had our own little jobs throughout the race.”
Junior Andres Torres also led his team, The Incredibles, to fifth place. The Incredibles consisted of Torres, freshmen Veronica Endris, Tom Howell, and Barrett Moore, and junior Michael Whitman.
“It seemed really interesting and like a good way to spend a Saturday,” Torres said. “Barrett ate the ice cream for us. He may or may not have gotten a couple brain freezes.”
Boykin said the Amazing Race was a great team bonding experience.
“I’ve watched the show and it’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” Boykin said. “My favorite part was just kind of hanging out with my friends outside of basketball and the school environment in general, and going through Hillsdale to places I hadn’t been before.”