Gurnee teens in it to win it at library
By Beth Kramer email@example.com January 3, 2013 5:08PM
Gurnee 12/27/12 Fourteen-year-old Alisa Hart of Gurnee (left,) watches her twin sister Sarah as she tries the "Back Flip" challenge, a part of the “Minute to Win It” game held at Warren Newport Public Library. | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 5, 2013 2:59AM
The challenge was to knock over as many cups as possible in one minute wearing a pantyhose attached to the head. An orange was stuffed at the bottom of the pantyhose.
The challenge had to be completed without using hands.
A total of 19 teenagers took on the Elephant Ring Challenge as participants in the Warren-Newport Public Library’s inaugural “Minute to Win It” event. The Elephant Ring was among 10 challenges for participants in grades six through 12, according to Diane Braun, senior children’s and program associate.
The event was modeled after the TV game show “Minute to Win It.”
“I watched the show and thought it would be fun ... I thought it be great during winter break, something physical, something challenging to do,” Braun said.
Participants like Nathan Cibula, 13, at the event competed for bragging rights and candy bars.
Nathan, a Gurnee seventh-grader, said his favorite challenge was “This Blows,” in which he had to inflate a balloon and use that to knock over a line of cups. He knocked them all down in 57 seconds.
“My strategy was to blow the balloon all the way up, use half of it and move on. I like challenging myself. It makes me quick,” Nathan said.
He said the key was to remain calm despite the ticking clock. He had not seen the game show.
Five library Teen Advisory Group volunteers ran the event. Elena Rangai, 13, of Gurnee, was among the TAG members who got to demonstrate how to complete the challenges for program participants.
“It’s fun to help out, plus it’s fun to watch them do the crazy ‘Minute to Win It’ challenges,” Elena said.
Last year, some of the “Minute to Win It” challenges were used as icebreakers for TAG members, Braun said.
The free event was the first time it was offered to teens.
“We had a pretty good turnout. I would love to do it again,” Braun said.