Watermelon heats up competition

After placing third in the first round of the CAB watermelon eating competition Sept. 9 on the South Quad, computer science major Robert Kehrberg was determined to win a $5 gift card to In-N-Out. His determination was successful when he won the second round. / photo by Amanda Duvall
After placing third in the first round of the CAB watermelon eating competition Sept. 9 on the South Quad, computer science major Robert Kehrberg was determined to win a $5 gift card to In-N-Out. His determination was successful when he won the second round. / photo by Amanda Duvall

Gabriella Chikhani
Staff Writer

The sun was beating down unforgivingly on Jahi Gains, senior psychology major, and ice cold watermelon juice dribbled down his chin but that did not stop him from victory Sept. 9 at the Campus Activity Board’s Eat Feat: Watermelon Edition.

The sticky sweet contest was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn with 11 rounds played.

“Competition is always fun and it brings out the best in people,” James Cockrell, sophomore business major and CAB special events chairman, said.

Each winner per round was given the prize option of either a $5 gift card to In-N-Out or Chipotle

The thumping of music brought students to the four tables placed under large white tents.

A minimum of three contestants per round sat down with their hands away from the table as they attempted to devour their freshly sliced piece of watermelon.

Cockrell had the idea to hold a watermelon eating contest after he and his family participated in one during their Florida vacation.

The 15 watermelons that Cockrell bought were sliced into individual pieces, allowing contestants to pick their poison.

“I always knew I could eat a lot,” Gains said.

Gains was crowned the winner of round one and received a $5 gift card to In-N-Out.

“It’s funny to see how dedicated they are and to see how they keep going,” Savannah Torres, sophomore CAB co-major events chairwoman, said.

CAB is the largest nonprofit student organization on campus, and its nine committees host events on campus.

“CAB is one of the things that made me pick La Verne, they make the college experience so much more enjoyable,” Torres said.

CAB positions are year round and welcome student volunteers to help the committees with their events.

CAB’s future events include turning the old book store into a haunted house this October.

To get involved, visit the CAB office on the first floor in the Campus Center, or email cab@laverne.edu or call 909-448-4424. To receive CAB updates, like Cab Ulv on Facebook or follow @lavernecab on Twitter.

Gabriella Chikhani can be reached at gabriella.chikhani@laverne.edu.

Amanda Duvall

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