PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School are taking their longtime rivalry to a new level.
Students from both schools this week are competing in the Great American Rivalry Series, an event where students complete physical challenges to win prizes and bragging rights.
Officials with website iHigh and the United States Air Force were at Parkersburg South on Wednesday to administer the challenges and collect statistics. Those numbers will be compared with today's student accomplishments at Parkersburg High and the school with the highest overall stats will receive a trophy at Friday's football game.
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Parkersburg South High School student Kierra Bridges completes a pushup Wednesday while officials with the Great American Rivalry Series keep track of her score.
The events included a balance challenge and a pushups challenge. Those students who met certain benchmarks could receive T-shirts and other prizes.
Sgt. Joseph Pollock said male students must compete at least 40 pushups and female students at least 20 pushups to qualify for prizes. Students also could earn prizes for the balance challenge, which requires a student to stand on one leg, eyes closed, arms outstretched and head tilted back for at least 60 seconds.
"It is a lot harder than it seems," Pollack said. "It is all about self control."
Leah Little, director of events for iHigh, oversaw Wednesday's challenge.
"The results are all logged and the computer calculates the final results," she said. The iHigh website then features the rivalry and the winning school, traveling around the country showcasing high school rivalries and physical fitness.
Pollock said students compete for bragging rights while testing themselves physically, and it gives military representatives the chance to come into the schools and meet local students.
"The Air Force is geared toward physical fitness," he said. "We like to support these kinds of rivalry events. Plus, it is a good way to interact with the kids."
For more information on the program or to see the results of the local rivalry once they are posted on Friday, visit www.greatamericanrivalry.com.