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ROund 5

We are about to cross the halfway point and the 3 contestants that will have to fight their way out of the bottom 3 are junior Harrison Lee and freshmen Courtney Langdon & Kennan Grant.  Two of the Niners, Jonas Abrams and Cindy Chong, also fall in that range so it will be quite a challenge for them to both succeed and take out an extra player.

The first challenge was a Nutrition Quiz prepared by Lincoln’s Nutrition Outreach Workers.  It was a 12 question multiple choice quiz and the top score of 10 out of 12 goes to freshman Strother Ramsay.  Coming in second with 9 out of 12 were senior Sam Whitfield and junior Harrison Lee (a much needed boost in his score that might save him for another round).  It was a fiveway tie for third between seniors Bryant Liang & Ruby Parish, sophomores Hayden Barolette & Yvonne Qiu, and freshman Parker Barry. 

The second challenge was something new once again as a camera timer was set for 3 seconds and contestants had to jump into frame at the right time.  The player who took the best photo was junior Janna Aniciete, but there were many others that jumped into frame at the right time.  This includes seniors Bryant Liang & Stanley Yuan, sophomore Yvonne Qiu, freshmen Parker Barry, Lucas Roth, and Strother Ramsay.  The Shubin also jumped into the frame in time and manages to maintain the top spot in the competition.

Our current top 3 scored on top for both challenges so they have maintained their leads except that Strother’s success in both challenges has allowed him to steal the #1 spot and bump Parker & Yvonne to 2nd and 3rd place.  The seniors are making a move now with Sam Whitfield coming into 4th and Bryant Liang in 5th bumping freshman Lucas Roth into 6th and junior Janna Aniciete into 7th.  Senior Stanley Yuan also rises into 8th , followed by sophomore Hayden Barolette in 9th, bumping junior Chloe Wong into the 10th spot.

While Niner Caycie Clayton continues to linger in the top 10, Niners Jonas Abrams and Cindy Chong were not able to raise their scores enough to eliminate and extra contestant.  Freshman Courtney Langdon is eliminated along with sophomore Eric Hong who replaces junior Harrison Lee in the bottom 3.  The last elimination was quite a battle between freshman Kennan Grant and senior Julian Aguirre.  With each contestant entering their scores, the two of them kept switching places in the ranks.  The final nail in the coffin was Ramsay’s top nutrition score and the ranks stabilized, eliminating former Niner Kennan Grant.

We are now halfway done with competition and only one Niner remains.  Given her current rank, there is a good chance she will enter the competition after the next round and eliminate an extra player.  The Shubin who has been in first place for several rounds now con only join the competition if 3 Niners don’t get in so this is her chance to get rid of the front runner in the compeititon.  Joining Aguirre in the bottom 4 are sophomore Jed Peek and juniors Kally Cabrera and Harrison Lee.  Contestants must go online to practice the game of Set if they have any hopes of staying and prepare for pull ups or the flexed arm hang.

Round 4

Junior Harrison Lee and freshmen Courtney Langdon and Kaia Hines make up the bottom 3 this round and will have to beat this round’s challenges in order to stay in the game.  Lingering among them is Niner Collin Cheung, who will also have to turn things around to get in the game.  Fortunately for the rest of the contestants there are quite a few Niners that will have to do much better, so they might not be able to steal another spot this round.

The first challenge was sit & reach.  Normally, the female contestants have the advantage in this challenge and they certainly had the top scores, but they also had the lowest scores.  The winner by far was Niner Caycie Clayron with 54cm.  The other top scores this year go to juniors Janna Aniciete (44cm) and Chloe Wong (41.5cm).  Right behind them are junior Harrison Lee (40.5cm), then senior Julian Aguirre and sophomore Jed Peek, tied at 40cm.

The second challenge was something new.  Contestants had to stick their hands in a box and identify 4 items by touch.  The female contestant had a slight advantage since half of the items are considered gendered items.  Despite that, the fastest person to identify all items was freshman Parker Barry at 26 seconds.  A third of the contestants were able to identify all 4 items: ramen, hoop earrings, measuring tape, and nail polish.  The other fast times went to senior Sam Whitfield (29 seconds), senior Ruby Parish (32 seconds), junior Kally Cabrera (39 seconds), and senior Bryant Liang (44 seconds).

It looks like the upperclassmen are finally fighting back as the overall top scores from the round are all upperclassmen: juniors Janna Aniciete & Chloe Wong, then seniors Ruby Parish, Sam Whitfield, and Bryant Liang.  Niner Caycie Clayton placed 3rd this round, which would put her in 5th overall.  Her big flexibility win disrupted the overall scores, keeping sophomore Jed Peek from the top 10 and preventing freshman Strother Ramsey from moving into 2nd.  The top 3 overall are still Parker Barry (freshman), Yvonne Qiu (sophomore), and Strother Ramsay (freshman).  Junior Janna Aniciete squeezes into 4th place ahead of freshman Lucas Roth.  Seniors Sam Whitfield & Bryant Liang take the 6th & 7th spots, while junior Chloe Wong comes in at 8th.  Senior Stanley Yuan and junior Kally Cabrera are bumped back to 9th and 10th.

The bottom 3 getting eliminated this round are juniors Martin Koulikov & Aidan Ng, and freshman Kaia Hines.  This leaves freshman Courtney Langdon to go up against the Niners, and in this case she has a higher score than 3 of them!  Langdon stays in the competition and eliminates fellow freshmen: Xander Contreras, Sean McCarthy, and Collin Cheung.

Only 3 Niners remain in the competition to steal spots and both Cindy Chong & Jonas Abrams are within the bottom 3 so they will have to do well in this next round to stay in the game and possibly steal another spot from the remaining contestants.  The next round includes the nutrition quiz and a new jumping challenge, and this will take us into the halfway mark of the competition.  So stay tuned as we find out who will continue on in the second half of the competition.

Round 3

It’s another battle for the bottom 4 to stay in the game.  This time sophomore Congnan Lu and senior Emmanuel Marquez are starting off at a greater disadvantage and will have to really fight to stay in it.  Freshman Kaia Hines and junior Martin Koulikov are not too far down in points that their odds of making it another round are not as bad.

The first challenge was reaction time.  Contestants went online and waited for a red screen to turn green before clicking the mouse.  They have five tries that are averaged together.  This challenge went to Niner Caycie Clayton with an average time of 205 milliseconds.  The next best score was 234 milliseconds which was achieved by another Niner, Parker Barry.  Third place is the Shubin with 240 milliseconds.  The top 3 contestants were juniors Martin Koulikov (241) & Harrison Lee (243), and sophomore Hayden Barolette (245).

The second challenge was pulse pressure.  This is measured by taking one’s blood pressure and calculating the difference between the two results.  This measures how hard your heart is working and can be best managed through diet. The best score this year went to Niner Parker Barry with a score of 20, followed by freshman Courtney Langdon with 30.  In third, we have a three-way tie between the Shubin, senior Stanley Yuan, and junior Kally Cabrera at 32.

Once again, the Niners stood their ground, but it was a close call for them.  This round’s top Niner and new contestant is Parker Barry who has taken the #1 spot!  Also, the underclassmen have expanded to hold the top 5 spots including:  Yvonne Qiu (10th) in 2nd, Strother Ramsay (9th) in 3rd, Lucas Roth (9th) in 4th, and Kennan Grant (9th) in 5th.  The top 10 continues with Stanley Yuan (12th) in 6th, Hayden Barolette (10th) in 7th, Kally Cabrera (11th) in 8th, Janna Aniciete (11th) in 9th, and Sam Whitfield (12th) in 10th.  Meanwhile, Niner Caycie Clayton has also creeped back into the top 10.

The eliminations this round is coming with yet another surprise since last year’s 6th place finisher, senior Ben Mignola, has been eliminated along with freshman Joseph Cabrera and sophomore Congnan Lu.  The eliminations do not end there since Parker Barry is taking away someone’s spot, and unfortunately that is going to be senior Emmanuel Marquez.  The next set of contestants who are at the greatest risk of elimination are freshmen Kaia Hines & Courtney Langdon and juniors Harrison Lee & Aidan Ng.

Things are about to get tougher for the 6 remaining Niners who are spread out all over the ranks, making it much more difficult to get that 3rd Niner into the game to stop the Shubin.  In the next round, Niner Collin Cheung will have to step it up and avoid elimination to get another Niner in the game and stop the Shubin for good, but Jonas Abrams and Cindy Chong aren’t completely in the clear either!  

Round 2

Round 2 begins with sophomore Yvonne Qiu with more than double the points of the contestant in 3rd and freshman Lucas Roth with more than double the points of the contestant in 5th, so the two of them have a good chance of staying on top for another round.  Meanwhile, the four contestants who will need to fight to stay in the game are sophomores Jed Peek & Sammi Strong, freshman Skylar Yoshimura, and junior Aidan Ng.

The first challenge was the memory challenge.  Contestants scanned 36 images in a minute and had to write down as many as they can remember.  The Shubin set a new record with an 83% recall which helped to put him as the front runner after this round, but the Niners can easily take him out of 3 of them get into the game.  The next top score went to freshmen Strother Ramsay and Kennan Grant (Niner) who both had a 61% recall.  The third place went to Junior Kally Cabrera and sophomore Yvonne Qiu with a 58% recall.

The second challenge was the dexterity challenge.  Contestants stood 2 meters away from the wall and tossed a tennis ball against the wall and caught it alternating hands in 30 seconds.  This year, the top score goes to senior Bryant Liang with 34 exchanges.  Second place for a second year in a row is sophomore Jed Peek with 28 exchanges which is exactly what he needed to do to avoid elimination this round.  Third place goes to freshman Strother Ramsay.

As expected, the Niners stood their ground this round, so the first Niner will be entering the competition and eliminating a fourth contestant.  This round’s top Niner and new contestant is Kennan Grant!  This leads to a historic moment in Health Idol history: the top 4 are all underclassmen for the first time ever!  In order, they are sophomore Yvonne Qiu, followed by freshmen Lucas Roth, Kennan Grant, and Strother Ramsay.  The top 10 continues with a bunch of upperclassmen: Bryant Liang (12th), Janna Aniciete (11th), Sam Whitfield (12th), and Stanley Yuan (12th).  The two new contestants who did not get any time to prepare have also made the top 10: Kally Cabrera (11th) and Hayden Barolette (10th).  Be warned that 2 of the Niners are also within the top 10 and it wasn’t any of the ones there in the last round!  They are Parker Barry and Sean McCarthy.

The three to be eliminated this round are sophomore Sammi Strong, senior Ainsly Perez, and freshman Skylar Yoshimura who were not able to turn things around.  So who did the Niners eliminate first?  History teacher Chris Cary has been eliminated, and for those of you who are new to the competition, he won the competition in 2016 and has proved to be quite the unstoppable force.  This was an unexpected turn of events.

We have not had a student win the competition since 2012 and all it will take now is for the Niners to defeat the Shubin.  The seven remaining Niners are poised to steal another spot next round as long as they do not slip up, but anything can happen with pulse pressure and reaction time. 

Round 1

It is the 16th year of Health Idol and this year, it is the invasion of the Niners as nine 9th graders are fighting to steal a spot from one of this year’s contestants.  At the start of the competition, 2 students dropped out so their replacements start the game at a disadvantage of not being able to prepare ahead of time for the first challenges.  The new contestants are junior Kally Cabrera (whose younger brother is also in the competition) and sophomore Hayden Barolette.

The first challenge was the meme challenge.  Contestants were broken up in groups of 5 based on age and given a photo to caption.  The judges were made up 24 random students who ranked the 5 photos in each group.  This year, 2 of the contestants got unanimous victories in their groups and they were junior Janna Aniciete and sophomore Yvonne Qiu.  Their memes will appear on the Health Idol webpage at  Freshman Lucas Roth, came in right behind them with a near perfect score.  The other top scores from the 5 remaining sets include freshman Kaia Hines, the mysterious Shubin (who may also steal a spot if 3 of the Niners do not get into the competition), a tie between senior Bryant Liang and junior Harrison Lee, Niner Parker Barry, and another tie (which was nearly a fourway tie) between seniors Julian Aguirre and Sam Whitfield (who won the challenge last year).

The second challenge was the Stork Balance Test.  A few contestants broke the minute mark this year.  The top score went to Niner Kennan Grant at 1 minute and 25 seconds followed immediately by sophomore Yvonne Qiu at 1 minute and 24 seconds.  The third place spot went to freshman Strother Ramsay at 1 minute and 13 seconds.  This is a very strong showing for the underclassmen this year.  We have never had an underclassman win Health Idol and if they keep it up this could be the year it happens!  The average score this year was 39 seconds.

Overall, Yvonne Qiu (10th) and Lucas Roth (9th) take a big lead on their competition.  The top 5 are rounded out by Janna Aniciete (11th), Sam Whitfield (12th), and Martin Koulikov (11th).  The top 10 contestants also include Eric Hong (10th), Harrison Lee (11th), Strother Ramsay (9th), Joseph Cabrera (9th), and Stanley Yuan (12th).  However, this could be a very different list.  The Shubin scored in the top 10 along with Niners: Xander Contreras, Kennan Grant, Jonas Abrams, Caycie Clayton, and Cindy Chong.

So which three contestants have been eliminated?  This round, we are losing junior Iris Chu along with teachers Gianne Souza and Don Harris.  The next question is whether or not the Niners all scored above these 3, if they did they will take out sophomore Jed Peek (who came close to last year's record in the upcoming dexterity challenge).  We know that more than half of the Niners are within the top 10, but unfortunately Niner Imaya Anderson scored 0.01 points below Harris and also got eliminated.  Just one more second in the balance challenge would have made all the difference!  Peek survives the Niners in the first round to continue in the competition.


Health Idol: The Niners

This year, we are introducing the Niners.  9 freshmen who will be competing for a chance to kick out some of our official contestants.  This means we have 15 freshmen competing for the first time!  If none of the Niners score within the range of the eliminated contestants, then one of the will enter the competition and eliminate someone in their place.  Any of the Niners that do fall in the eliminated range will also fall out of the running.

There is also the Shubin, another contestant who has to outlast the Niners.  If 3 of the Niners get into the competition, then the Shubin will fade away in legend.


This year's contestants are:

Faculty: Chris Cary (History), Don Harris (PE), Gianne Souza (Science)

Seniors: Jose Marquez Ayala, Iris Chu, Sam Whitfield, Ben Mignola, Ainsly Perez, Julian Aguirre, Ruby Parish, Stanley Yuan, Bryant Liang

Juniors: Martin Koulikov, Harrison Lee, Emily Lui, Chloe Wong, Aidan Ng, Janna Aniciete

Sophomores: Congnan Lu, Jed Peek, Yvonne Qiu, Cristian Hidalgo, Eric Hong, Samantha Strong

Freshmen: Kaia Hines, Skylar Yoshimura, Lucas Roth, Joseph Cabrera, Strother Ramsay, Courtney Langdon

The Niners: Cindy Chong, Jonas Abrams, Xander Contreras, Imaya Anderson, Caycie Clayton, Parker Barry, Kennan Grant, Sean McCarthy, Collin Cheung


The Top 10

The Shubin (???)

1. Strother Ramsay (freshman)

2. Parker Barry (freshman)

3. Yvonne Qiu (sophomore)

4. Sam Whitfield (senior)

5. Bryant Liang (senior)

6. Lucas Roth (freshman)

7. Janna Aniciete (junior)

Caycie Clayton (Niner)

8. Stanley Yuan (senior)

9. Hayden Barolette (sophomore)

10. Chloe Wong (junior)

Remaining Contestants

11. Ruby Parish (senior)

12. Harrison Lee (junior)

13. Kally Cabrera (junior)

14. Jed Peek (sophomore)

15. Julian Aguirre (senior)




16. Kennan Grant (freshman)

17. Eric Hong (sophomore)

Cindy Chong (Niner)

Jonas Abrams (Niner)

18. Courtney Langdon (freshman)

19. Martin Koulikov (junior)

Xander Contreras (Niner)

Sean McCarthy (Niner)

20. Aidan Ng (junior)

Collin Cheung (Niner)

21. Kaia Hines (freshman)

22. Emmanuel Marquez (senior)

23. Congnan Lu (sophomore)

24. Joseph Cabrera (freshman)

25. Ben Mignola (senior)

26. Chris Cary (staff)

27. Skylar Yoshimura (freshman)

28. Ainsly Perez (senior)

29. Sammi Strong (sophomore)

30. Don Harris (staff)

Imaya Anderson (Niner)

31. Gianne Souza (staff)

32. Iris Chu (junior)