Winterfest canceled, but festivities continue

Winterfest, a festivity many ACHS students have yet to experience, is canceled once again. However, the Sequoit Senate is determined to keep the excitement alive.

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Ashley Lubkeman

The schedule for the week continues to be fun-packed, encouraging students to display the three pillars of respect, responsibility and pride.

Winterfest is typically held at Antioch Community High School featuring music, games, photoshoots and a DJ. This year, Winterfest would have had inflatable obstacle courses, wipeout, slides/races and a wrecking ball. There would also have been large party games such as Jenga, Connect 4 and video games. Concessions would be available, along with an area to hang out.

Despite staff members looking to hopefully bring it back once again, the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases has forced cancellation. 

According to junior Brant Becker, a member of the Sequoit Senate, the group will continue to keep school enthusiasm alive.

There won’t be a dance, however, these days to increase school spirit will still be held,” Becker said. “The main focus of the week and event still hold the same purpose of increasing school spirit and providing an exciting week.”

Similar to previous year’s theme weeks, there will be a designated theme for students to dress as each day of the week. Theme days include monochrome, PJ Day, Twin Day, Casino Night and a class colors theme day.

The chance for grade levels to earn points toward the Sequoit Spirit Cup will also be up for grabs. 

“Sequoits can earn tickets during Winterfest week by showing respect, responsibility, and pride,” Laura Tielke, an ACHS teacher said.

Challenges for tickets include having a rootbeer float and taking photos in the photo booth, according to Tielke. The full schedule for the week can be found in the image above. 

“The class with the most tickets redeemed will earn a point towards the Sequoit Cup,” Tielke said.

Despite COVID-19 once again canceling Winterfest, the Sequoit Senate had the determination to maintain the typical excitement. It is due to the work of the club that the week was able to have a schedule of events and challenges toward the Sequoit Spirit Cup.

“The Senate voted on the theme days that were going to be held and additionally worked on some of the activities students will complete to earn tickets throughout the week,” Becker said.

Even without Winterfest, spirit weeks serve to encourage school pride and a sense of togetherness. According to Becker, the themed dress days accomplish that goal the best.

“The theme days are always the best part of the events here at Antioch,” Becker said. “Dressing up and showing spirit daily and seeing everyone else participate really creates a sense of community.”

According to Teri Klobnak, an ACHS staff member, the purpose of the festivities is, as always, to acknowledge the students. 

“The goal of the festivities is to honor our students for being great,” Klobnak said. “It has been a tough year and we want to show appreciation to the students.”

Despite the pandemic canceling the festivities, it will be thanks to the Sequoit Senate and the hardworking staff members who make spirit weeks possible. The week will kick off the new month starting Monday, Jan. 31, and ending Friday, Feb. 4.