This week we celebrate Winter Carnival, which in recent years has become our graceful and enthusiastic way to slide into Winter Break. The week-long ramp up includes Twin Day (when students and teachers dress like a selected “twin”), Class Color Day (when each class wears their assigned color), and Class Theme Day (when students dress according to their class theme). This year, with the overall theme being Pixar movies, the Seniors dressed as characters in Finding Nemo, the Juniors as Toy Story, the Sophomores as the Incredibles, and the Freshmen as Monsters, Inc. On Tuesday, Chapel was filled with fishy, friendly, flexible, and frightening students—all filled with class spirit and ready to compete—and on Tuesday afternoon, we were treated to hilarious skits performed by faculty members Tim Lyon and Florian Rexhepi and highlighted by a lip-synching extravaganza performed by the Dean Team. Departing librarian Denyse Daly made her final appearances in both the Junior and the Senior skits, and overall Fuller Hall was filled with laughter and good energy.
Unlike Rivalry Week, when we pull together to defeat the Vikings, or Spring Day, when we celebrate our school community and friendships, Winter Carnival involves class competitions. Each class works together to defeat others in eating, athletics, stunts, dances, skits, and artwork. Just showing up and cheering to gain participation points is the biggest key to winning. The most important aspect of the entire Carnival is joining with classmates to celebrate and promote what makes your class special. The chance to dress up in crazy outfits isn’t so bad, either.
By the end of the Carnival, no matter who wins, all will have enjoyed energetic and creative ways to bond more closely with their classes, and the school as a whole will have grown stronger as a result. Like our alumni body, our school is strong not only because of the strength of the band that holds all Hilltoppers together, but also because of the strong bonds within subgroups like teams, advisories, and graduating classes. This experience of coming together through competition is one of the many reasons I love this long-standing Academy tradition.