CHS Winter Carnival Tradition Continues

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

Superintendent Jenkins was the "winner" of the pie in the face contest. Here he poses with the other contestants. Superintendent Jenkins matched $200 of the funds raised by students donating their change for who they wanted to see pied. This year's total was $1000 which Superintendent Jenkins chose to donate back to the Calais High School Band. This is the most money this event has ever raised. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

For over thirty years students and faculty at Calais High School have been participating in Winter Carnival. That means that the week prior to February vacation is full of games and activities.

The events started Monday morning and continued through the week. Some events were games where each class competed for points to go toward their week total. Some events like pajama day could earn participation points for the class but also money for the student with the best outfit. There were also week long events that could earn points as well, like the hall decorating and class banner. 

Each year, Winter Carnival has a theme and this year’s theme was music. Each class got to pick a genre of music that would be their theme for the week; seniors had classic rock, juniors had hip-hop, sophomores had pop, and the freshmen had metal. With these themes the classes had to decorate their assigned hallways, create a banner, design a snow sculpture, create a skit, and use it on the costume days. 

This year’s Winter Carnival was impacted by a snowstorm on Tuesday but several members of the faculty volunteered to stay later than they planned a couple of nights so that students could get the traditional four corner volleyball in as well as anything else missed due to the weather. 

Thursday night after a long day of school and staying many hours after that to work on hallways, banners, skits, and sculptures students and staff gathered out passed the health center building and had a large bonfire. Former guidance counselor Tom Robb was on hand to do the honors of lighting the fire. While the fire burned, hot dogs and hot chocolate were served, students played music, and then the crowd was serenaded by the music teacher.  

 At the end of the week the votes by faculty were tallied and the points the classes earned during the week with participation and placement in the games were totaled and the senior class was declared the winner and were the recipients of the $100 cash award. 

The week ended with a dance where the winning class was announced and the king and queen of Winter Carnival were crowned. This year’s King was Stephen Hopkins and the Queen was AnnaJean McClure. 

One of the best things about Winter Carnival has always been the way it brings the school together even though the classes are competing against each other. The camaraderie of the student body isn’t always there, but according to faculty and staff, this year’s Winter Carnival was one of the best with the whole school showing amazing behavior to one another and the faculty as well.   

While Winter Carnival may have changed much since it started over thirty years ago, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is it’s importance to the students and faculty at Calais High School. High school can be a place that separates students based on cliques, popularity, and any number of other factors, Calais High school has found a way to bring all of them together. All week long students who normally wouldn’t step into the spotlight or take charge got their chance to shine. 

 

Calais High School has continued a wonderful tradition and here’s to hoping that the tradition continues and grows.