GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – As the snow fell in Grand Island, Nebraska, during last week's blizzard, some high school kids weren't letting the weather keep them down.
The students, mostly from Northwest High School, posted the videos as part of an online Blizzard Challenge. They were falling and diving into the snow, having fun and challenging each other on Facebook.
Jayden Falldorf, a Northwest senior, acted as though he was surrounded by water instead of a sea of snow. (Click to enlarge video)
I was really hoping it would be an easy day. Always remember to take precautions in the blizzard! Don't worry, if you watch till the end, you'll find out that he was safe! #blizzardchallengePosted by Jayden Falldorf on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
For his video, Falldorf donned his Island Oasis lifeguard outfit, flipflops and sunglasses and pretended he was looking for drowning victims. When his father got home, Falldorf blew his whistle, dove into the snow, and grabbed his father’s leg, pretending to rescue him.
Another video shows Northwest senior Samuel Etudor diving into a pile of snow in a Flash costume, yelling “I love America.”
For his Blizzard Challenge, Northwest junior Joel Erdmann jumped off his car and landed in a tall pile of snow.
People nationwide, and perhaps worldwide, have taken part in the Blizzard Challenge. The person who started the process locally during last week’s blizzard was Isaac Wedige, a sophomore at G.I. Senior High.
He went out to his front yard, placed a towel on the snow and lay down, wearing swimming trunks and sunglasses. Above his picture were the words, “What blizzard?”
Etudor posted his video next. When Falldorf saw what his friends had done, he responded to the challenge.
Other people followed suit. “A whole bunch of people started doing it,” Falldorf said.
Some of the students were just trying to be funny. Wedige just wanted to do something creative and get outdoors.
The whole idea was just to be silly and show that Nebraskans don’t fear the snow, said Northwest junior Jeff Sokol, who posted his video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Jumping into a pile of snow, Erdmann said, was “just going outside of your comfort zone,” doing something different than others were doing on their snow day. He posted his video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
The Blizzard Challenge videos were made “mainly just to celebrate our snow day,” Etudor said. They wanted to just “go outside and enjoy the snow.”
The students didn’t have much else to do. “Why not spend it outside?” Etudor said.
Etudor was actually part of two videos. One of them, which shows a group of people jumping off a van, hadn’t been put online as of late last week.
Other Blizzard Challenge participants included Aleesa Korell and Ryan Schneckloth.
The students paid a price to be funny or make a statement.
“I was pretty cold,” Wedige said.