Madison Amido and Matt DeFulgentiis: Staff Writers
Students across campus are equipped with personalized plastic spoons that they use to “kill” one another in a game that is far more intense than it initially appears. At first glance, one can easily dismiss Spoon Assassin as just another craze. But these student “assassins” take this game to extreme levels, conjuring up clever ways to “kill” opponents and becoming overly attached to their plastic utensils.
Onlookers see students walking around with plastic spoons, while assassins see students lurking around corners armed with weapons of destruction.
Sixty students joined the Spoon Assassin phenomenon earlier this September. It’s a game of patience and perseverance. The rules are simple: hold onto your spoon at all times, or else be vulnerable to “death” by the tap of your killer’s utensil. Each student participating in the game has a target, and assassination can occur at any given time, excluding sports practices and games. Students can “kill” their target only when he or she is not holding his or her spoon. Once an assassin has successfully caught their target without their spoon and eliminated them from the game, their new mission is to kill the “dead” player’s target.
The pattern continues until the competition comes down to two students. Finally, only one ultimate assassin stands.
Many participants have already been eliminated since the game began, falling victim to lost spoons or lapses in judgment.
The game was planned and organized by senior Martin Lis, who initiated the Spoon Assassin tradition at SPHS last year, where the game lasted nearly three months before alumnus Davy Li emerged victorious.
Said Lis, “I think people enjoy playing it because it lets students stalk their friends.”
The competition started by Lis is not the only active Spoon Assassin game on the SPHS campus. The ASB class has also officially initiated a game of their own.
“Who doesn’t love going in for the kill? It’s amazing. The people’s faces after you kill them is priceless,” said junior president Ashim Shrestha, organizer of ASB Spoon Assassin.
Shrestha uses a stealthy approach to kill opponents, enjoying the creative aspect and thrill of the game.
“I got Kelsey Hess to go up to sophomore president Jason Wang and act like she was interviewing him for Tiger. He actually thought he was being interviewed, and I was hiding in the bushes. Then Kelsey goes, ‘Can I see your spoon?’”
Jumping out from the bushes, Shrestha caught Wang off guard.
“I have nothing to say. Ashim ruined my day,” said Wang.
The ASB class has posted paper gravestones for the fallen members of leadership in the Student Activities Center.
It could take months to see how both games pan out.
Said Lis of his personal odds, “I think that I’m the most dedicated, but there are definitely a lot of people that have a good chance, like William Rygg or Kelsey Hess.”
Spoon Assassin is not a friendly game of checkers by the fireplace. It is an all-consuming, kill-or-be-killed battle where friends become foes. Spoon Assassin is more than a craze; it’s a deadly obsession.