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Bringing out their inner 'beast'

Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science students took on the "Hippity Hop" during the school's annual Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.1 / 12
Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School students competed in the school's annual Olympics Aug. 1. The school's four houses - sun, earth, water and Aquarius - were all competing for the traveling trophy - "The Beast." Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.2 / 12
One of the activities students competed in during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics included "King of the Log," which is where students had to hit each with pillows in hopes of knowing each other off of a log. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.3 / 12
One of the activities students competed in during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics included "King of the Log," which is where students had to hit each with pillows in hopes of knowing each other off of a log. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.4 / 12
One of the activities students competed in during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics included "King of the Log," which is where students had to hit each with pillows in hopes of knowing each other off of a log. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.5 / 12
One of the activities students competed in during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics included "King of the Log," which is where students had to hit each with pillows in hopes of knowing each other off of a log. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.6 / 12
Students tested their catching abilities with a water balloon toss game during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.7 / 12
Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science students took on the "Hippity Hop" during the school's annual Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.8 / 12
Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science students took on the "Hippity Hop" during the school's annual Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.9 / 12
Students competed in building the tallest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.10 / 12
The tallest house of cards was one of the events during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.11 / 12
The tallest house of cards was one of the events during Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School's Olympics. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.12 / 12

It was a fierce ending to the school year for Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School last week.

Crosswinds celebrated the end of the school year July 31 with its annual Olympics event.

The year-round school will have a break from now through the first traditional day of school this fall.

During the Olympics, each of Crosswinds' grade levels, six through 10, competed in a variety of fun competitions including: a water balloon toss, a Hippity Hop race, "King of the Log," building the tallest marshmallow tower, building a house of cards and water relay games.

The different teams were competing for "The Beast," a traveling trophy fashioned from a large animal skull that accompanies the winning grade to their classes next year.

Crosswinds had an uncertain future up until recently, so the mood at this year's Olympics was one of celebration.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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