CHAZY - Despite not having snow during the Chazy Lions Club Winter Weekend, students at Chazy Central Rural School were able to enjoy another fun-filled week of friendly competition.
The Winter Weekend festivities, which took place Feb. 17-20, landed the seniors a first place win, followed by juniors, sophomores, seventh-graders, eighth-graders, and finally, freshmen.
"Because the seniors were able to place either first or second in many competitions, they easily won first place," explained Lions Club member Jim Lucas, one of the organizers for the event. "Juniors were very strong in competitions as well. Sophomores were not too far behind the juniors."
"Overall, scores were very close between seventh, eighth and freshmen," he added.
One of the big events for the weekend is usually the creation of snow sculptures by each class, however, due to lack of snow this year, the students painted murals on a 4-foot by 8-foot board, with the theme of storybook characters.
Although Lucas didn't hear any direct comments from students about not being able to have the snow sculptures, he did notice better performances for the talent show.
"I do think it did take some pressure off so that they could focus on their performances at Talent Night," he said. "It was in many people's opinion, one of the best Talent Nights in recent history."
This year's weekend also brought in a new element, which student council president and sophomore Olivia Seymour would like to see continue.
"This year, we did a Haiti drive during Spirit Week and I decided that next year and for other years on, we'll ... give money to a different group that needs it," Seymour explained.
The classes raised nearly $750, with the freshmen raising nearly half of the total.
"We did a lot better than I thought we would do," Seymour said.