Madison Fernandez, ‘17
The most tedious time of the school year is usually the long stretch of 7 weeks between February and Spring break. For BHSEC students this past year, going without a break for such a period of time led to a number of questions. Why is it Spring and the weather is still cold? Where are all of these assignments coming from? How many more weeks until break? What are these clues people are talking about? Where are these gold coins coming from? Unfortunately, not all of these can be answered, but the last two can, thanks to the anonymous Bees of BHSEC and the BHSEC Treasure Hunt.
The Bees of BHSEC are an anonymous group of students whose goal is to make BHSEC students happier. Most recently, they placed gold coins around the school. Whoever found one would receive a treat. Dr. Mazie, an associate in this event, commented on the nature of the Bees, saying, “Like their namesakes, they’re devoted, energetic, and spread sweetness. The only difference is that they lack stingers.”
The Bees spread goodwill throughout the school with these simple tasks. Although some students were on the hunt for coins for themselves, others noted that when their peers found more than one coin, they were charitable enough to share them. One student noted the difficulty of finding the gold coins. Others didn’t realize that the coins were part of an organized event.
Regardless, simple tasks like these are appreciated. Besides this, the Bees have been doing kind things for BHSEC students throughout the year. During college admissions, they baked cookies for Year 2 students who applied somewhere early. They have also decorated the library, including putting jars of lollipops and mints on Ms. Walk’s desk.
Similar to the events organized by the Bees, the BHSEC treasure hunt started off with fliers around the school. If you answered their request of emailing them, you would receive a clue. Hoards of student followed these clues all around the school, from the library to the security desk, with the promise of a “grand prize.” The air of mystery around this event was clear; while the clues were relatively straightforward, many students wondered what it was actually about. A number of students were reluctant to join in fear of it being a prank. Not even the teachers involved were knowledgeable of the treasure hunt’s exact intentions.
Another suspicion was that it had to do with a specific Y2 Seminar reading. In light of keeping the intentions anonymous, the Treasure Hunt responded, “A large portion of the school is involved in this hunt, and are at various stages in it. Many participants and other parties have expressed an interest in “the point” or “the purpose” of the treasure hunt. The organizers would ask you to consider the impulse to ask such a question.” Although there was a lull in the hunt, they have confirmed that it has not concluded. Regardless of the intentions or the prize, the hunt can best be described as a “social experiment” to see the reactions of those following the instructions of a remote, inaccessible authority.
This past year, we’ve had a number of mysterious occurrences to keep us alert and entertained between our breaks. For the organizers of these events, the point isn’t to discover the true intentions. If everything was taken at face-value, what would be the point of participating in anything? Many have lingering suspicions of who the Bees are or when the next treasure hunt clue will be released, while others simply appreciate what these anonymous groups are doing for us: they’re giving us something to be excited about, something to keep us on our toes. Even if you aren’t participating in these events, the spirit of discovering something and sharing it with each other is evident in the halls.