IMPERIAL — It was alive, charged with screaming high schoolers, a crowd that moved to the music, at least one raucous band member and enthusiastic cheerleaders.
It was loud, the cheers and music drowning out the noise of the carnival rides nearby.
High School Madness on Monday once again arrived at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. In the irreverent and sometimes messy competition, Valley high school students fought to show what school had the most school spirit. This year El Centro's Southwest High School took home the first-place $500 prize. Brawley High followed close behind in second place, winning $300, and Calipatria High rounded out the top finishers with third place and $100.
With games like a scavenger hunt, karaoke contest and centipede crawl, teams from the seven high schools participating pumped up the crowd with their antics.
"It's a rush," said karaoke contestant Andres Carbajal of Southwest High.