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GHS Winter Carnival brings out team spirit

The sophomores show their spirit. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
February 27, 2019
The 2019 Winter Carnival at Gilford High School brought out team spirit, fierce competition, and a lot of talent with the juniors taking a narrow victory.

The week before February vacation was Winter Carnival week at GHS, with a week of fun events and activities for all students. The different classes competed against each other in numerous events.

Every year, Winter Carnival is organized by the Varsity Club. Co-advisor Amy Tripp said they have a meeting in January to discuss that year's carnival, such as theme days, class colors, and more.

"We let them have some input into the different events, but a lot of them are just tried and true," Tripp said.

Tripp said there's a lot of teamwork within the teams, and a lot of strong competition between the different classes.

"What I love is, the class comes together," Tripp said.

She said a lot of students who might not otherwise have talked to each other will interact and work together during Winter Carnival.

Competitions included a cookie stacking contest on Wednesday. On Thursday, students competed for Best Clean Joke and the class dance. The staff members put on a skit. The classes also had a penny competition, Pennies for Fitness.

The week wound down with events in the gym on Friday, including dodgeball, class jump rope, hacky sac, sneaker pile blanket basketball, and tug-of-war. The winners of the tug-of-war and dodgeball competitions went up against teams of staff.

The juniors won Winter Carnival by one point, scoring 207 points.

Junior class president Abby Warren said winning felt "kind of crazy." She said their grade has been ahead of one grade above them in Winter Carnival since they were freshmen.

"We just put so much hard work into this week," Warren said. "It was amazing to be awarded the win." She later added, "It's my favorite week of high school by far."

Tripp said this is the first time in several years that the seniors have not won a Winter Carnival.

The seniors came in second place with 206 points.

"Even though we didn't win, it was still a really good time being together for the last time," said senior class president Maggie McNeil.

She said a lot of effort goes into Winter Carnival. McNeil said the fact this was their last Winter Carnival was "a happy-sad kind of thing."

The sophomores were in third with 166 points and the freshmen were in fourth with 142.

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