STLCC-Florissant Valley Crowns Champ in Rock-Paper-Scissors Tourney
A few fierce champions for children recently competed in the first Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.
They pumped their fists to form rocks. They flattened their hands to make paper. They cut the air with their fingers to create scissors – all for a shot at winning a prize and bragging rights.
In the end, it was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that benefited the most from the tongue-in-cheek competition and received the $190 raised in proceeds from the event.
Wayne Bryan, assistant professor in physical education, sounded the official start and served as one of the referees.
"Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. Welcome to our first Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament," Bryan boomed in his best sports announcer-like voice before reviewing the rules.
Participants were instructed to hit their hands with their fists three times and throw their choice of rock, paper or scissors on four. Scissors cut paper, paper covers rock and rock beats scissors.
The contest was sponsored by the Florissant Valley Wellness Committee.
Steve Ehlen, supervisor of the Engineering Technology Learning Center, served as a second referee for the event. Ehlen admitted he’d never played the childhood game, and even as an adult, had never used it to help him make a decision.
Traditionally, people play Rock-Paper-Scissors for fun, to help them make simple decisions or settle a disagreement.
In the best-of-three faceoffs, Rebecca Carosone, a bookstore assistant I in auxiliary services, beat Patty Barnes, manager of assessment. Ryan Fischer, a student worker in the Engineering Technology Center, beat his father, Carl Fischer, associate professor in the Advanced Manufacturing Center.
In the final match for the title and $25 QuikTrip-gift card, Ryan Fischer came out on top. He defeated Carosone and graciously donated the gift card back to the Wellness Committee to use as a prize for a future event.
Asked about how he prepared for the tournament, Fischer said he looked up a few statistics and tried to adjust the way he played a bit because, "Males are 30 percent more likely to choose rock on the first hand."
The senior Fischer was a good sport about losing to his son but added, "Yes, I'll have to hear about this at home."
Although referees Bryan and Ehlen were prepared for whatever the competition brought, there was little to no carnage, not even a paper cut.