2022 World Cup permeates AGHS campus


Jade Webber

While sitting at desks, roughly 58% of AGHS students (data taken from a poll of 106 AGHS students) are pondering the quadrennial event of the year, The World Cup. 

The World Cup gives way to teachers’ TVs being turned on for reasons other than academics.

“My teachers sometimes mention it, and they sometimes put it on for us to watch. Sometimes [it helps students] focus because they are so into the World Cup at the moment. Many teachers put it on,” Melanie Garcia (‘26) said.

These teachers believe that it’s better to put on the World Cup for the class than have students secretly watch it on their Chromebooks, without permission.

In the 2022 tournament in Qatar, the viewership is predicted to be five billion across the world, making that an average of 227.27 million per day,” NBC stated

Millions of spectators are brought together by the game played by the best teams in the world. It is a topic that many discuss around on campus. 

Possibly, in the last ten minutes of class or in between assignments, “I think about five of my six teachers have mentioned it,” Aaron Torrezz (25’) said. 

Between friends, it could be simply sitting around a single computer screen, “I’m watching it with family, but mainly friends,” Yunus Guelbahar (25’) said.

As the international matches advance into a more tense environment, spectators everywhere watch to see their teams’ potential victories. 

“I watch with my friends [on my chromebook] during breaks or classes,” Ramon Calzada (‘25) said.

At AGHS, the prominent teams being supported are Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Spain. 

However, many are supporting individual players,“[My family] supports Africa. But, I’m a Ronaldo fan, so I also support Portugal.” Guelbahar said, “I’m watching all of their games.”

“Messi is Argentina, correct? [Yes] then I’m going for Argentina” Ayala Jayden (‘26) said.

Not only is it watched with friends, but the World Cup also yields importance to families as well. 

For many families, supporting their country is not simply a conversation over dinner. It becomes a priority.

“It’s something [our family] watches right now because they haven’t been in the world cup. They haven’t played in ten or more years.” Melanie Garcia said. “For Mexico’s games, [we would] sit down and watch because we’re so into that team. Soccer is a tradition for our family.”

The World Cup tournament has taken the world by storm bringing people together for 92 years has taken the world by storm and AGHS is no exception.