By Grace Deng
On November 11th, students were caught up in a conundrum: 3 major school events were happening on one weekend.
On Saturday, there was China Cup, a basketball tournament for both Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball players. SHASMUN, the school’s annual Model United Nations conference, boasted over 400 participants (about 100 from Shanghai American School Pudong) and ran from Friday to Sunday. Relay for Life, an overnight cancer charity event hosted by Shanghai American School, also took place Friday night and Saturday morning.
During Relay for Life, many students slept little or not at all. The hosts of Relay for Life, National Honor Society, even took the intercom to admonish people who were sleeping before 10:30 PM.
Many students were unaware that there was a basketball tournament they were required to participate in after their Relay for Life event. According to Avery LeClair, a Relay for Life and China Cup participant, many students even fell asleep in the locker room between basketball games.
Students who participated in SHASMUN (including the Pudong Press, who were SHASMUN’s media team) and Relay for Life also were subject to sleep deprivation. Jason Kang, the delegate of Colombia for the Environment Commission at SHASMUN, slept about 2 hours during Relay for Life on Friday. He then proceeded to debate at SHASMUN from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and then from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Sunday. According to Kang, he skipped school to sleep 26 hours Sunday night and all through Monday.
Even students who only participated in one event were still exhausted, particularly Relay for Life participants. Many students fell sick after Relay due to the cold weather and lack of sleep.
The mentality of those involved in these events was clear, however. As it is said by many high school students here at Shanghai American School Pudong, “sleep is for the weak.”