A game of spoons

A game of spoons

Ingrid Chang

Spoons are usually used for soup, but for many students, spoons are now vital objects for people-tagging

In the past month, plastic spoons have been appearing throughout school: in classrooms, hallways, and almost everywhere you go. 

Spoon tag, or MV Assassins, has become a fad once again. Just in the past two months there have been two spoon tag games organized by two different groups on campus. The first game of spoon tag, manageMVHS Undead Awareness and sophomores Eric Hu and Lisa Kim have revived the fad of spoon tag once again. Photo illustration by Ingrid Changd by sophomores Eric Hu and Lisa Kim, took place early September. 

"We were playing this game with clothes pin[s] and we thought it was pretty funny, so we’re like ‘Oh, let’s think of another game to play’. [That’s how] we thought of spoons," Kim said. 
Kim found out about the clothes pin game through a YouTube link sent to her from a friend. Hu then told Kim to publicize the spoon tag war on Facebook. Through word of mouth, interest grew But there was a catch: each person had to contribute $1 in order to play and the winner would take all the money. 
With almost 50 people playing, the winner, sophomore Nicolas Arquie won around $50. 
"When I got near the end and I saw that people were having a hard time tagging me so I knew that I had a better chance [to win] than before, " Arquie said. 
When asked about his strategy, Arquie explained that he always used the same tactic.
"I just waited," he said. "Most of my targets hang out during lunch where I hang out, so once in a while I’d just tell my friends to go there and see if they have their spoon or not."
Currently, the second game of spoon tag, organized mostly by the MVHS Undead Awareness president senior Kavita Singh, is underway. MVHS Undead Awareness hosted spoon tag last spring and decided to do it two times twice this year, once during each semester.  
"I got the idea [to organize the game] by just thinking about different things we could do that would be interesting and school-wide," Singh said.

For Kim and Hu, the spoon tag game was just for fun and will most likely not be organized by them next year. But for now, spoons have taken on a whole different meaning.