Second Annual Winter Carnival Heats Up Campus
This year’s carnival was Fourth of July themed, encouraging students to show their red, white, and blue pride.
February 13, 2012
On Wednesday evening, the community enjoyed the second annual Winter Carnival. This year’s carnival was Fourth of July themed, encouraging students to show their red, white, and blue pride. The summery costumes and décor brought a little warmth to a chilly February. The event was planned by Associate Dean of Students Stacie Williams, with the help of the Winter Carnival Committee, headed by Sarah Claiborne ’11, and Celeste Jones ’11.
“The Winter Carnival was a great success thanks to the many campus groups that came together to help out,” explained Williams. “The Winter Carnival Committee, Sarah, and Celeste were all hard working and creative and led the entire community to come together for a fun night!”
The Winter Carnival kicked off with a summer picnic in the dining hall. After dinner, the evening continued with the student-faculty basketball game in Centennial Gym. The stands were packed and fans were excited to see the two teams matched-up. With the faculty winning last year, the students were geared up and ready to steal the title. Headmaster Rob Hershey and Director of Student Activities and Residential Life Jeff Hoisington served as referees. Director of Academic Tours Peter Goodnow served as the official time keeper.
During halftime, English Teach Whit Morgan and Jack Bai ’15 met on the court to play the final match of a campus-wide ping pong tournament organized by Tom Keaton ’14. It was a competitive and exciting game but in the end only one would prevail as the winner. After a hard fought match, Morgan triumphed as the victor.
When the basketball game resumed, it became obvious it would be a close one. Both teams fought until the very last second, however, with a last-minute comeback the students came out on top.
After the game, everyone joined in the dining hall for an evening of games, music by the band Casper, a Sadie Hawkins dance, face painting, photo booth, hula hoop and costume contest. The Duke vs. UNC game was on display in Blackford.
“The first Winter Carnival was such a huge success that Celeste and I really hoped to make it even better than last year,” explained Clairborne. “The student-faculty basketball game was a huge hit, as always, and the ping pong championship at halftime was great fun. Everyone seemed to have as much fun attending as we did planning!”
“Working off the ideas of last year's committee, we were able to bring back some favorites and add some new ideas,” remarked Jones. “Returning from last year, Casper was a big hit once again. Everyone seemed to like the theme, as the Fourth of July and Summer Picnic edition brought out some impressive outfits. I think it was the best winter carnival yet!”
To view or purchase photos from the Winter Carnival, please visit our photo gallery at Snapshot Culture.