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Ste. Genevieve Middle School World History Class Has Annual Office Chair Joust

A joust is defined as a fight between two mounted knights clad in armor and wielding lances. While middle school students in Dr. Rhett Oldham’s world history class at Ste. Genevieve Middle School didn’t have the traditional steed to mount — theirs were more of the rolling-chair variety — they successfully recreated the days of Middle Age Europe in the Old Gym. This year marked the third annual Office Chair Joust. Jousting was a favorite form of entertainment during the Middle Ages and took place during large tournaments, where knights were called upon to practice various forms of combat to the delight and amusement of crowds of onlookers. “Our knights get ready for battle by donning hockey helmets, shoulder pads and cardboard shields. Their trusty rolling chairs are pushed by their faithful steeds (fellow students) in a clash for the ages,” Oldham said. “While waiting to joust, the teams work on their talent and form. This is really a great hands-on activity to include in our Middle Ages unit; the students have a great time while learning.”

(Photos, information from Ste. Genevieve R-II School District)

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