The Nerf War, Explained

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The Nerf War is an exciting tradition for students at West Salem High School. The 2019 Nerf War began on May 27th and continues until there is only one team or competitor standing. 

To be entered into the competition, you must first pay five dollars. Teams can be anywhere from six people to a solo competitor. If a student is in the war, their name is put into a Google Document. This is publicized on Twitter for fellow students and competitors to keep an eye on.

The Nerf War takes place in town for the majority of the summer. Many students carry mini Nerf guns in their pockets in case they run into a member of an opposing team. When you see a member of an opposing team, shooting them once will eliminate them from the game. The goal is to be the last person standing, and to survive the whole game without getting shot.

When someone is shot, the West Salem Nerf War 2019 Twitter page tweets a photo of the person shot and the shooter. Then, their name is highlighted red on the public document. If someone from a team gets an opposing player out, the shooter’s team name gets highlighted in green. This shows which teams have gotten a point for the week. If a team doesn’t shoot at least one person a week, they get eliminated. The team at the end of the battle with the most safe players will win all of the entrance fees.

There are many rules that must be followed to ensure the safety of players and community members. Although these rules are in place, many students forget about them within the intensity of the competition. A few teams have run into troubles with rule clarification and reckless driving. Despite these issues, many students seem to think that the Nerf War is an entertaining way to get involved with fellow students throughout the summer.

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