Friday, September 19, 2014

Good Hill hunting

Students to scavenge for $1,500 in prizesLynchburg will soon become the site of a massive game for the fourth annual Hill City Scavenger Hunt hosted by Liberty University’s Student Activities.

In order to participate in the hunt, students must be in the Tilley Student Center by 1 p.m., Feb. 9th, according to Student Activities.

Students will race across Lynchburg to accomplish items from a list of challenges, according to the Student Activities website. Each task on the list will be worth a different point value, but participants will also have to use their minds to solve the riddles that will lead them to the checkpoints.

“The hunt is phenomenal,” Rebekah Weeks, a junior education major, said. “It is something that no student wants to miss because the completion is great, and the prizes are to die for.”

According to Student Activities, students will select their own teams of four. Only 100 teams can take part in the scavenger hunt, and each member must present a valid Flames Pass in order to participate. Student Activities also asked students to provide their own vehicles.

“This event is one of the few that we encourage students to become familiar with the city surrounding them,” Stephanie Ward, promotions manager for Student Activities, said.

According to Student Activities, teams will be given one and a half hours to complete as many challenges as possible, and hints will be given throughout the competition via Student Activities’ Twitter account and Facebook page.

Students who are not able to attend the event this year could not say enough about the experience they had last year.

“If I could go again this year, I would have to say my favorite part would be the actual game itself,” Casi Williams, a junior early childhood education major, said. “It reminds me of my childhood, searching for clues and figuring out riddles. Events like these hosted by Student Activities unite the campus as one body.”

Weeks competed in last year’s hunt, and she said that the pressure of the event created some tension among her teammates.

“Our group had a lot of drama in the beginning,” Weeks said. “We were all competing for the top hunter within the team, so naturally, there were a few altercations. We eventually worked through our differences and came out united in the end.”

Student Activities’ website said that they will give more than $1,500 worth of prizes, and each group is required to check in at each location in order to qualify for them.

“Bring your thinking caps to this event, because figuring out the riddles can be pretty tough. Those Student Activities workers are pretty tricky,” Weeks said.

For further information, go to liberty.edu/sa.

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