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Team Pelican Repeats as PBDA Field Day Champion

Posted on: February 28, 2019

In high school, there will be service clubs to demand their loyalty and dedication. In college, there will be fraternities and sororities. But for the students of Palm Beach Day Academy, there will never be loyalty more spirited or enduring than to the Pelicans or Flamingos.

From the November morning when they drew their team designation from a golden egg at the hatching ceremony, incoming PBDA students establish their identity at the school as a Pelican or Flamingo.

On Saturday, the 88th edition of the Walter H. Butler Field Day took place at Oxbridge Academy, pitting the Pelicans and the Flamingos in a spirited-but-fun competition. After four jam-packed hours of competition of all sorts, the Pelicans rebounded from a slow start to beat the Flamingos, 264-237.

The victory was the 45th for the Pelicans.

Palm Beach Daily News features PBDA Field Day 2019“Today is very special because during the school day we’re all friends but at this we get to compete against each other. It’s a really fun thing to do,” said Rodrigo Ma-Pinto, a sixth-grader and proud Pelican.

The victory was especially fulfilling, said Rodrigo’s brother Felipe Ma-Pinto, an eighth-grader. “There’s a legend that whomever doesn’t win the Knowledge Bowl (an academic competition held before field day) wins field day, Well, this year we won them both.”

The Flamingos had performed well in the events early in the day, but the Pelican came back in the later events, sweeping the team relays and splitting the tug-o-war finales.

Palm Beach Daily News features PBDA Field Day 2019

Dhru Patel said he and his fellow captains’ efforts at placing the best competitors in the events was a key to the victory.

The victory was especially fulfilling, said Rodrigo’s brother Felipe Ma-Pinto, an eighth-grader. “There’s a legend that whomever doesn’t win the Knowledge Bowl (an academic competition held before field day) wins field day, Well, this year we won them both.”

The Flamingos had performed well in the events early in the day, but the Pelican came back in the later events, sweeping the team relays and splitting the tug-o-war finales.

Dhru Patel said he and his fellow captains’ efforts at placing the best competitors in the events was a key to the victory.

“It was pretty deep,” he said. “It took us about an hour to an hour and a half deciding who to put where.”

Palm Beach Daily News features PBDA Field Day 2019

Other Pelican captains were Ava Tarone, Griffin Miller and Maxine Wexler. Flamingo captains were Danny Beck, Virginia Keen, Daniela Russo, Alex Kassatly and Grace Zingaro.

For Patel, a ninth-grader, it was a last hurrah, of sorts. “I’ve been here since I was 2 years old,” he said. “Field Day is a massive deal. Since I’ve been at the upper campus, we only won once before today.”

From the special activities came something even more special, said Felipe Ma-Pinto. “This is all fun, but at the end, we’re all Bulldogs, part of the same team,” he said.

Click here to view the Palm Beach Daily News online article, and click here for the Palm Beach Daily News images from Field Day.