Dillos take crown
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.
These Armadillos, (l. to r.) Frederic Caron,
Lyanka Chainé, Simon Vaillancourt and Carl Vaillancourt, were celebrating their victory long before the official point count!