BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Columbia Middle School teachers and eighth-grade students engaged in some friendly competition on Friday, December 23, 2016 in the annual Student-Faculty Volleyball Game.  Each school year, the game serves as an energetic and enjoyable way for students and teachers alike to mark the beginning of winter break.

From the very beginning of the school day, it was clear that the eighth graders were looking forward to spending some quality time with their friends and competing with their teachers.  The school spirit spread like wildfire throughout the eighth grade hallway as students geared up, donning creative team T-shirts--many of which had winter themes, such as “Silver Bells” and “Santa’s Reindeer.”  When the school bell finally rang, marking the end of the last block of the shortened day, the students rushed to the gym to play some volleyball.

Sixth and seventh graders created a unit of eager spectators, cheering fellow students and teachers on, as student announcers provided stellar commentary, DJ skills, and even some comic relief in the background. Eighth-grade school counselor, Noelle Fenimore said, “The color commentary was awesome. I thought the announcers did a great job, and they were super entertaining.”

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Eighth grade Social Studies teacher, Jeremy Marx, added, “It was great to see the entire school come together to cheer on the eighth graders (and Mr. Brader).”  It’s safe to say that the rest of the Columbia Middle School community shares Mr. Marx’s sentiments.

Although the teachers came out on top this year, a great day was experienced by all on the court.