Jersey Native Wins 111th Annual Hoop Rolling Contest at Wellesley
April 29, 2006
Mass. -- Allison Kramer, an international
relations and Spanish major from Metuchen, New Jersey,
is the winner of this morning's 111th annual hoop rolling
competition at Wellesley College. Kramer, who will graduate
on June 1, was met at the finish line by Wellesley College
President Diana Chapman Walsh (herself the winner of the
1966 hoop-rolling contest), who presented the winner with
a bouquet of flowers.
In keeping with tradition, Kramer was promptly carried
by her classmates to the edge of Lake Waban and tossed
into the chilly water. Traditionally, the winner of the
contest, which first began in 1895, was said to be the
first in her class to marry. These days, victory is seen
as a sign that the winner will be the first to achieve
success, however she defines it.
After emerging from the lake, Kramer said that she had
practiced rolling the hoop a bit but credited much of her
win to a good position at the starting line. Several members
of Wellesley’s softball team, of which Kramer is
co-captain, arrived at the starting line very early this
morning to hold a place for her.
After graduation, Kramer will work as a consultant at Infosys
Nearly 200 Wellesley College seniors, many dressed in academic
gowns, made this morning's 1/8 mile dash, rolling old-fashioned
wooden hoops in a race to the finish line.
Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and
the education of women for 130 years. The College's 500-acre
campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students
from 50 states and more than 65 countries.
Diana Chapman Walsh
Allison Kramer '06