School spirit soars at CCRS

CHAZY It was a rousing two weeks at Chazy Central Rural School (CCRS), as students celebrated Spirit Week and Winter Weekend. Spirit Week came first, held Feb. 12-16. Throughout the week we want to show as much school spirit as possible, said Justin Frechette, student council advisor and social studies teacher at CCRS. Each day had a theme. Monday, School Color Day, saw students dressed in green and white from simple sweaters to accessories which included strings of tiny green lights. Tuesday marked Pajama Day, allowing students to come to school dressed for sleep rather than studies. Wednesday was Idol/Clash Day. Students could either dress as someone they admired or in clothes that didnt match. On Thursday, students dressed for Class Color Day. Each class has been given a color all the way up through since elementary school, Frechette said. The class colors go all the way back to the old school with Mr. Miner. To wrap up Spirit Week, students came to school on Friday in formal attire. Of Spirit Week, Student Council President, Maira Engelhardt, a senior, said, I moved here in 9th grade and I thought it was a really cool idea and I still do. Next came the start of Winter Weekend Chazys equivalent to Homecoming following Winter Break. It was kicked off with talent show practice which continued Thursday. Thursday evening was show time, when seventh through 12th graders performed various 15-minute routines for the public. The juniors came out on top with a skit about a talent competition to get into Club 2008. On Friday, students also competed in a volleyball tournament, which the seniors won in the final round against the sophomores. Saturday brought the snow sculpture judging. The theme this year was Disney characters. The sophomores took first place with their Monsters Inc. sculpture. Later that day, students also hit the gym to compete in games, including a wheelbarrow race relay, won by the sophomores, leap frog, ending with the seniors on top, hook-up, with the seniors and sophomores tying for first, free-throws with the juniors placing first, and three-point shots with the juniors, again, coming out on top. The games were wrapped up with an indoor soccer tournament, in which the seniors took first place. The sophomores took first in both class spirit and overall rating. Each thing that is done, there are points given to kids in classes, Frechette said. Each class fights for the Winter Weekend title. It gets pretty competitive. Its really nice because our school is not only steeped in tradition, but it is the center of our community. A semi-formal dance was held as the grand finale, where Brad Beeman and Caitlin Howley were elected King and Queen of Winter Weekend. Chazy Lions Club headed up Winter Weekend activities, providing impartial judges for the various competitions, food and drinks, chaperones for the dance and overall support. Event chairman, Jim Lucas, took over this year for Joey Trombley. Joey has put in a lot of hours in past years, Frechette said. He and I worked hard to really add some things to Winter Weekend and Spirit Week. I was exceptionally impressed with the student body, Lucas said. When I needed assistance, there was always a student available to help. He admitted that it was difficult to announce results of contests, saying, I felt that each class really deserved a share of first place. Lucas was also impressed with the community response. Without their help, there would be no way to host the activities, he said, adding, Ive gotten into the Chazy spirit. Its an infectious thing.

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