Winter Carnival, a dearly held tradition at Windsor High School for longer than anyone can remember, was celebrated on Friday, Feb.12th. Organized and led by the Student Council, students in grades 7-12 spent the entire day competing in a wide array of events, ranging from Uno and Chess, to Pie Eating and Volleyball. Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each event. These are added to points earned by participation in "Spirit Week" activities and the November food drive, with each class vying for bragging rights as the Winter Carnival champs.
The day began with the annual "Air-Band" competition in the theater, won this year by the Sophomore class, with the Seniors a close second. The faculty also contributed a energetic performance, while the judges tallied the team scores. Students then dispersed throughout the building and outside. The lack of snow limited some outdoor activities, but students still were challenged by an outdoor obstacle course, a snow-shoe race, and "red light-green light" in the parking lot. Among the most popular activities in the gym in recent years has been "Musical Chairs" utilizing our walking track. (Picture 24 kids jogging around the track, then scrambling like crazy when the music stops to find a chair. Unless you've seen it in person, you can't imagine how intense it gets!) The day concluded with everyone in the gym to witness the tricycle races and the tug-o-war, the grand finale'.
This year's Winter Carnival competition was as close as any seen in the last 25 years. Throughout the day, the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade teams stayed within a handful of points of each other. In the final tally, the Junior class won the overall competition, edging the Seniors 741.5 to 740.5, and sophomores weren't much further behind. Congratulations and "Thank You!" to all the students and faculty who contributed to the success of the day! It is this kind of day that helps a school build community, teach student leadership and organization, perpetuate traditions, and enhance relationships - all of which are critical ingredients in education and in life.