By Staff Writer Marshall Byington
Graphics by Ethan Barber
Disclaimer: The Blazer and Timberline High School are not affiliated with nor do they endorse the AP Assassins program and its activities.
With AP exams and state testing in the air, one may breath in that very air and smell the aroma of AP assassins. This program is for those who have taken at least one AP class, occurs in the spring, and is designed to possibly alleviate the stress from AP exams.
Participants get a “target”, the person they need to shoot with a nerf gun (or a safe alternative like it) to eliminate their target from the program. Can’t shoot your target within a week? Those who do this are “eliminated” from the program. Those who are shot by their “assassin” are eliminated as well. A cash prize is offered to the survivor(s) that are not eliminated by the end of the game.
Former winner and junior Isaiah Utto-Galarneau had won by striking a truce with the two other remaining survivors of a previous spring. The cash pot was split among the three victors. “I got $127,” said Utto-Galarneau. “[There are] AP tests and studying and all the finals… it’s all stressful and AP assassins makes all that seem more fun, because I got to do this because I’m in these classes.” As Utto-Galarneau was able to walk away with a third of the collected money, the total cash pot amounted to $381.
Last spring, senior Haylee Ward was a player in the program, and was eliminated in the second round. “I wish I knew how serious some people take the game,” said Ward. “You are paranoid for a good 2 weeks, worried someone is gonna find you anywhere you go.”
And for many, the game can be a serious matter. Strategies known to have occurred include staying at a friend’s place to avoid stakeouts, web stalking and comparably real stalking, and running desperately to the haven that is a car, among other things.
Those who wish to participate should contact senior Ethan Humphrey. “We’re not affiliated with Timberline High School in any way, shape or form,” said Humphrey. “It’s just for timberline students and running start students.”
Here are some, not all, of the rules:
- Players cannot shoot inside or out of a moving vehicle.
- Players cannot shoot inside or out of a residence without specific permission from the owner of the home.
- Players can shoot within grocery stores.
- Players cannot shoot someone at their workplace until the minute they get off work.
Humphrey will be in the alcove closest to the ASB office, mornings before school, where all students taking at least one AP class can register for 5 dollars.