Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski


Whew!  Everyone made it to vacation!  Last week was an incredible Winter Carnival filled with games, contests, and fun for all.

The last day of competition was topped off by an entertaining pep rally during which students were entertained by some interesting shows and recognized for all their activities.  The varsity and junior varsity basketball teams participated in three point shoot-outs with faculty members and contests requiring them to dress in abnormal clothes.  Undoubtedly the most eventful part of the pep rally was when the boys varsity team dressed in cheerleading outfits, divided into the teams of “mean girls” and “gossip girls” and did a routine.  The winners were the “mean girls,” but the real winners were audience members who got to see their favorite player cheer for the team!  Then Mr. Robb recognized the members of math team, Academic Decathlon, SkillsUSA, drama club, and jazz band.  All of these teams have upcoming competitions and were cheered on by the entire student body.

All of the results for the week were announced at the highlighter dance last Friday night.  As is typical (but of course doesn’t always happen), the seniors took first place overall!  They were followed by the juniors, then sophomores, and finally freshmen.  The spirit cup, which is voted on by the teachers to the class with the most enthusiasm and good spirits towards the judges and other classes, went to the class of 2014 for the third year in a row.

It’s unbelievable how much work goes into Winter Carnival.  National Honor Society brought in sweets every day for the on-your-honor sweet shop as well as counted many of the collection items.  Yearbook sold Winter Carnival 2013 t-shirts and held a concessions stand for most of the week.  Student Council of course set up all of the events, games, and the dance.  All of the faculty members helped judge or referee competitions and graciously allowed students to participate in all aspects of the week.  However, it’s possible that no one did more work than the Student Council advisor Mrs. Ellis, who planned, organized, and ran the entire week.  Thank you Mrs. Ellis for all of your hard work in making a fantastic Winter Carnival!

Now it’s vacation and everyone can get a break, right?  Well, no- Calais kids never stop.  Last Saturday, the wrestling team competed in their state competition with great results.  Michael Lursen received second place, Nicholas Hallowell third, and Lance Roberts fourth in their respective weight divisions.  Congratulations to all of the wrestlers that competed.

Now this week both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams are competing in the tournaments in Bangor.  Traveling with them are the cheerleaders and band members, which means that half the school will be in Bangor for most of the week.  Good luck to the teams on their journey to the state game and that coveted gold ball!