Anime Club's Ramen Noodle Challenge
by Alan Barrios and Aeshah Ahmed
16 cups of ramen. 15 hungry contestants. One race for the final spot.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Anime Club hosted the speed eating ramen noodle challenge. Ms. Marchant, the Anime Club advisor, believed that the competition would be “fun for kids to imitate Japanese culture.” She later added that “it [also] creates awareness” for the culture.
The competition was ready to begin; however, there was one extra cup of ramen. Members of the Anime club were sent to the Underground meeting to recruit one last person. With many students on hungry stomachs seven went to claim the last cup. The Anime Club chose Junior Stephanie Duran.
Before the countdown began, sophomore Lesander Delacruz demonstrated how to use chopsticks. With one final warning, Ms. Marchant advised students to be aware about not choking. And then it started.
In less than a minute it was over.
Stephanie Duran, the last second participant, finished her noodles with astonishing speed during the competition, winning it all. According to junior Aliyah Bedesi, Stephanie “inhaled the cup of noodles.” However, winning can change a person.
“Everyone was treating me like a god,” Stephanie said. “People were giving me high fives and fist bumps.” The moment wasn’t without a little friendly controversy as not everyone was as entranced with Stephanie’s victory.
“I should have ran to the library because she got the last cup!” Junior Tristan Thomas complained. He was only able to watch as Stephanie received her Sonic gift card from Ms. Marchant. Of course, some winners are more charitable than others.
Ultimately, Stephanie gave her gift card to junior Reshanna Hamid. “Sonic is too far for me,” Stephanie lamented. Overall, the Anime Club was very pleased with how everything turned out.