Clubs and Other Activities
64 TEAMS. 16 ADVANCE. 1 VICTOR.
WOW! So first our intrepid Birmingham United LEGACY Esports Team played UNDEFEATED for 14 games throughout February, March, and April. Our BU-LEGACY was the only undefeated team, despite, if you have been reading our little notices, shoe-buying moms, the Target Vortex, mix up in times, trash typing, swear jars, power outages, SAT tests, equipment issues, filming a TV commercial for Fox Sports News, and a lot of stress for the team captain (although not for the team advisor, happy to say!).
Our little band of digital warriors played in round robin elimination style games – best 2 out of 3 – the last couple of weeks -- to see if they could go to Lawrence Tech for the ESPORTS MICHIGAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT!!
And they will – they are going to the ESPORTS MICHIGAN Championships (sponsored by Lawrence Tech University) the weekend of May 17, 18 and 19!!! Which thankfully, and thank you to the powers that be, is not the same weekend as Prom, like last year, which was fun when some very tired students started play at 7 am and went until 6 pm the day after Prom. And won second place and a lot of money. Hurray!!
There are 16 teams advancing to the Championships, where the teams will play best 2 out of 3 with teams assigned by seeded rank. They move up the ladder until a final Champion is declared. And our BU-LEGACY is one of the 16 – seeded at #11 out of the 16. I still have no idea how they come up with the seeding, but Lawrence Tech knows what it is doing!
Chaz Strecker deserves all the credit for getting this team of students who didn’t know each other, or even him, at the beginning of all of this. He single-handedly got these guys to become a team and work together. And a nice story for you – one of the team mates moved to Birmingham 18 months ago – his dad told me at P/T Conferences that he liked playing on this Esports team because: “Now I have some friends”. (I’m not crying, you’re crying, or there are some cut onions around here.) Last year’s team pulled together so that one of the team members could go to college – he wasn’t going to be able to. But because of the scholarship money won, this student has just completed his freshman year at Lawrence Tech. And this same student has been helping the team this year. (more crying, I know) One thing we have going for us with Chaz as Captain is that this team has a lot of heart. This is Chaz’s 3rd year in this competition, and this was a rebuild year, because none of the other players did this last year.
You can see last year’s competition in the video – our team is on the right in the final round (against Troy Colts on the left, 1st place winners last year). Pretty cool!
We are still humble, because there have been a lot of close calls where the team almost lost, and then squeaked it through, even this past weekend in the round robin 2 out of 3. The opponents across the state are all talented players, and there are, as in any sport, a lot of variables that can make or break the team. Please congratulation these students and encourage them in their final championship quest:
Edward (Chaz) Strecker (Seaholm) – Team Captain and AD Carry
Antonio Narra (Seaholm)– Mid
Kaijie (Jerry) Zhao (Seaholm) – Support
Dilan Daniels (Groves) – Sub
Enrique Bruza (Seaholm) – Jungle
Ryan Stottlemyer (Groves) – Top
Seaholm/Groves Snow Club
For all skiers, snowboarders or those who want to learn - registration is open for the Seaholm/Groves Snow Club.
We go to Pine Knob by bus on Mondays in December, January and February. Students can sign-up for the full program of 8 sessions or a half program of 4. Registration is limited to the first 50 students.
Here are some quick details…
- One club for Seaholm and Groves Students.
- $189 for 4 trips or $349 for all 8 trips (same price as last year).
- There are 9 reserved dates to accommodate unpredictable weather. We hope to attend 8 of these.
- December 10, 17
- January 7, 14, 21, 28
- February 4, 11, 25
- You can download or print complete details here: http://seaholmsports.com/docs/snow_club.pdf
- Registration Link: https://www.bpsregister.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2018-19_SHS_SNOW
National Society of Black Engineers
Seaholm’s Newest Club is a local, highschool chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. Here is NSBE’s mission statement:“to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
NSBE is an international organization with thousands of members around the world and the community is more than happy to share their resources with us. Our club will serve students by connecting them with Metro-Detroit area engineers and other collegiate NSBE Chapters. Each meeting will comprise of a visit from a local engineer or STEM professional, and students will have a chance to learn about different careers, ask questions, and develop a relationship with the professionals.
Our next meeting is Tuesday October 23rd in Mrs. Martin's room (A105) from 3-4. We meet every other Tuesday at the same time and place.