By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER
As the Plainville Blue Devils prepared to face off against the Berlin Redcoats, the Plainville High School student council was busy setting up their first ever homecoming carnival, themed “Around the World,” held in Tinty Stadium on Friday, Oct. 25.
Student council president Gillien Peck, a member of the Class of 2020, said the carnival was really different from what had been done in previous years, she hopes that the carnival becomes a new PHS tradition. The theme, which follows the theme for homecoming, was selected as a way to promote diversity and inclusivity.
“I feel like—even just in the world we’re living in today—there’s not a lot of diversity and inclusiveness anymore, so that was something that we really wanted to bring here at PHS, to show we support that and we support our town,” said Peck. “We want our town to be able to support us, too. So by bringing in all the different clubs and even other schools—which we had never done before—we all thought that it would work out really well. We were all really excited about bringing everybody here.”
Attendees were able to take part in several contests, including voting for the best student class booth. Each grade at PHS will represent a different country during homecoming—freshmen will represent Egypt, sophomores will represent the USA, juniors will represent Australia, and seniors will represent Italy. Each grade’s booth channeled the student’s interpretation of the designated country.
School clubs and organizations also jumped on the international theme, with the PHS Spanish Club selling bracelets (known as pulseras in Spanish) as part of The Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that connects high schools to artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala through the sale of the bracelets.
Some booths didn’t participate in the theme, but still offered attendees with information, including the PHS Parent Advisory Council, the PHS YMCA Project Graduation, and the Wheeler Elementary School.
Community members of all ages came to take part in the carnival and trick or treating event, including PHS junior Olivia Restelli, who cast her vote for her grade’s Australian-themed beachscape booth. In her opinion, the event and all of the offered games looked really fun.
The seniors’ Italian-themed booth and dunk tank took home the most votes, as did seniors Brady Beausoleil and Phoebe Gediman who were crowned the homecoming king and queen, respectively. And while the Blue Devils lost 13 to 20 against the Redcoats, all participating PHS clubs and organizations walked away as winners, with more than $1,500 raised during the first ever homecoming carnival.
According to the student council—Peck, vice president Maggie Cronkhite, secretary Alexis Peets, and treasurer Alicia Quirion—all funds raised will go back to the participating organizations in order to help fund activities and events such as prom.
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