Diablos, the moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived: Mission Viejo High School’s first annual Tide Pod eating competition is scheduled for June 14 at 8:00 P.M.
After the Tide Pod challenge took the Internet by storm in January, MVHS students began trying it themselves, many of which fell in love with the tiny laundry pods. The challenge has been very controversial, including Tide making an official statement warning people not to eat their detergent.
Despite the initial concern from administration, it soon became clear that Mission Viejo students would not be stopped in their quest for indulgence.
One MVHS student, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Dispatch about his excitement for the upcoming competition.
“When my friends and I are hanging out on a Friday night, it’s totally normal for someone to pull out a packet of Tide Pods,” he says.
“Me and the boys might play Tide Pod pong, run a Tide Pod mile, or just eat them, straight up. I guess you could say we’ve been preparing for the competition.”
When asked about how the Tide Pod challenge has changed his life, this student responded, “Tide has really created a positive community around their little pods, and I can’t thank them enough for it. I’d like to imagine that one day I’ll be feeding my grandchildren their first pods.”
Making this event a reality was not an easy task, but ASB really pushed to give the students what they wanted.
The competition, taking place shortly after graduation, gives seniors a cheap alternative to grad night for their last-day-of-high-school celebrations, and the rest of the school a fun way to start off summer.
ASB will be working hard immediately after finals to prepare the gym, which is expected to be at max capacity for the festivities.
The contest will supposedly be held in a March Madness style tournament, with 32 students simultaneously competing in 1v1 matches. Students will be given 60 seconds to eat as many Tide Pods as they can, with 20 minutes between rounds.
Entry to the event will cost $5 without ASB and $2 with, proceeds contributing to the cost of materials and the cash grand prize. The grand prize will include a large chunk of what ASB collects from entry fees and donations, and they are aiming to collect $500 for the winner.
Along with the money, the winner also holds the title of Tide King/Queen for the subsequent year as a fruit of their labor.
If you are interested in competing in the competition, submit a video of you consuming Tide Pods in any way you desire to ASB before May 1st. Don’t be afraid to get creative- only 32 students can be accepted and ASB is looking for something that sets you apart from the rest of the pack.
If you can’t make it on the 14th, be sure to tune into to the official Youtube livestream, chock-full of insider coverage.
Mark your calendars for June 14, Diablos, because history is soon to be made. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a MVHS tradition for years to come.