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“Bengo” craze sweeps Northwood

What began as a practical joke in Wind Symphony has now become a school-wide phenomenon that is causing students to create custom Bingo boards for their teachers’ signature phrases.

“Bengo” (a clever portmanteau that combines “Ben-” of music teacher Benjamin Case and “-go” of the game Bingo) is a spinoff of the classic Bingo, in which players each have a grid of numbers that must be stamped when the corresponding number is called out. When a player matches five cells in a row, they may yell “Bingo!” to indicate that they have won the game. Wind Symphony musicians devised their own version where students have arranged their cards with Case’s common phrases, such as “guys, I love you, but…” and “put the emphasis on the correct syllable.”

However, much to Wind Symphony’s surprise, the game has spread to other classrooms and is causing campus-wide disruptions during lessons.

“When I first conceived the idea, I thought it would be a niche thing that only my friends played,” creator of “Bengo” and self-proclaimed genius senior Aaron Liu said. “But now, I guess everyone wants my child.”

Choral teacher Zach Halop’s Chamber Singers have been playing their own version of the game, but the victorious yelling of “Zango” constantly interrupts critical rehearsal time. Their cards include phrases like “modest is hottest” and “violence and profanity are the crutches of the intellectual cripple.”

“We started yelling it out in the middle of class,” junior Joanna Zhang said. “I do not know how he has not caught on.”

Another iteration of the phenomenon has branched out from the instrumental and choral music departments into the academic realm as a group of AP Physics students began to play “Bevgo” during lectures. Some fan favorites of teacher Beverly Matsuda’s rhetoric include “no pronouns, please” and “what time does class end today?”

“We play this to get us through AP Physics,” junior Megan Lui said. “Without it, I would probably just doze off, so playing keeps me focused.”

It is currently unknown whether the school will take any action against the game. For the time being, students are advised to continue to make creative cards but also stay focused during class time.