Dil­los take crown

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Len­noxville

In­door car­ni­val com­peti­tors (l. to r.) Marika Sav­age, Jes­sica Lacroix and Stephanie War­ren took part in the puz­zle com­pe­ti­tion, added pen­nies to the penny race and had fun watch­ing the dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing Car­ni­val Week at Alexan­der Galt High School, the ‘three R’s’ are re­placed by the ‘three F’s’: fun, friendly com­pe­ti­tion and fundrais­ing. To be­gin with the fundrais­ing, this year’s an­nual Penny Race brought in $650 for the Emma Rose Foun­da­tion, the char­ity cho­sen by the stu­dent coun­cil.

The friendly com­pe­ti­tion is, of course, the per­pet­ual bat­tle be­tween the four car­ni­val teams: the Ar­madil­los, the Grem­lins, the Leap­ing Lizards and the Tas­ma­nian Devils. Walk­ing around the Galt cam­pus last Thurs­day, the Car­ni­val’s big day, you could eas­ily fig­ure out which team most of the stu­dents were on as they dressed in their team’s colours, pur­ple Ar­madil­los, blue Grem­lins, green Lizards and red Devils, wild cos­tumes and painted faces per­mit­ted and en­cour­aged. I think I even saw a teacher wear­ing a cape and tights.

This year, the team that amassed the most points through the dozens of com­pe­ti­tions that took place both in­side and out--

side the school, were the Ar­madil­los with 456 points. The Leap­ing Lizards were sec­ond with 412 points, the Tas­ma­nian Devils next with 375 points, fol­lowed by the Grem­lins with 299 points. The sun was shin­ing and there was just enough snow for the out­door ac­tiv­i­ties like the wheel­bar­row races, the hu­man sled dog races, broom­ball and ball hockey. The in­door com­pe­ti­tions in­cluded puz­zle-mak­ing, vol­ley­ball, choco­late chip cookie bak­ing, ken­dama, dodge­ball and the fa­mous tug-of-war.

Fun is what most of the stu­dents walk­ing around the school, last Thurs­day, were hav­ing. “Right now we’re first over­all in points,” said Ar­madillo cap­tain Si­mon Vail­lan­court, wear­ing a pink crown, pur­ple track suit and big white sun­glasses. “We came in third in the wheel­bar­row race and later we’re play­ing vol­ley­ball and hockey,” said Tas­ma­nian Devils Wil­liam Bre­ton, sport­ing a bil­low­ing red cape, and Raphael Poirier. First year stu­dents Alexis Boisvert and Dy­lan Thom­son weren’t sport­ing their team colours but they were prac­tic­ing for a Ken­dama com­pe­ti­tion in the cafe­te­ria when I asked what they thought about Car­ni­val Week. “We like it a lot!” they said en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

These Ar­madil­los, (l. to r.) Fred­eric Caron,

Lyanka Chainé, Si­mon Vail­lan­court and Carl Vail­lan­court, were cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory long be­fore the of­fi­cial point count!

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