The festivities began last Tuesday with the student versus teacher dodgeball “snowball fight” at Activity Period. Students filled the stands, cheering for the seniors and mercilessly needling at the outmatched teacher team. While Dan Schulte’s body block technique and an impressive double-kill by sole survivor Bradley Mueller won the second game for the teachers, the students won every other game, ultimately taking the match. The teachers put up a good fight however, and respectfully shook hands with the seniors after the final game as cheering students flooded the court.
“It felt pretty intimidating especially when they were going to narrow the court down,” said Mueller. “It felt like I was in the wilderness surrounded by a pack of bears.”
The next day brought all-you-can-eat Chris’ Cakes in the Commons before the late start. After braving the freezing hike up the turn around, students took a seat and thawed out while they enjoyed warm pancakes, juice, and Christmas tunes. The event raised $250 for the Adopt-a-Family drive, and was a great way to start the day.
“It was just a very relaxed event before school that let students destress,” said STUCO moderator Megan Menne.
Thursday at AP students wrote Christmas cards to patient, nurses, and doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in exchange for a glass of eggnog. The event was a celebration with the spirit of goodwill and charity that Christmas inspires, and was well received by the students.
Friday began with an energetic candy brigade during homeroom led by STUCO and the Blue Crew. Students were serenaded with a sweet albeit shrill chorus of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” with each word screamed by a STUCO or Blue Crew member decked out in Christmas attire. The Brigade tossed a bag full of candy into each homeroom in the spirit of St. Nick’s Day, which was on the previous day. Some rooms were missed but Christmas joy was spread.
Starting on the second Monday of the festivities was one whole week of SLUHber headed by the senior pastoral team. This is the third year of the tradition and the second year using golf carts. Seniors Alvin Alaphat and Luke Alfaro headed the project and made it as bigger than ever this year.
Monday at activity period students witnessed the second pep rally of the year. The intent of the pep rally was to celebrate fall athletic accomplishments like swimming winning State and cross country winning second in State as well as to hype up students for upcoming winter sports. The sumo wrestling took place between representatives from wrestling, basketball, racquetball, and who would win it all.
Riflery representative Adam Stemmler and racquetball representative Ryan Lieser were knocked out of the first round, which led an all-star matchup of basketball representative Joey Lally versus wrestling representative John Murphy. Lally ultimately won by crowd vote.
“Some teachers were accusing me of cheating but I’m just a fan favorite and that’s why I won,” said Lally.
Tuesday gave students an opportunity to help decorate the nativity scene. Rocks and paint were provided so that students could paint a symbol or word that represents an Advent intention. These rocks will be placed into a pattern around the nativity scene outside the Danis Field House.
Wednesday had no activity period event because of the senior service project send off ceremony but STUCO helped out in the morning with SLUHber. STUCO spiced things up with some donuts to go along with the coffee and they even got the actual, real life Santa Claus to come drive one of the golf carts.
“I didn’t see him out there because I was inside but I saw pictures of Santa,” said Dan Schulte. “I was really impressed with just how genuinely handsome he was.”
Thursday, STUCO gave out free cookies to students at lunch that could be decorated with frosting and sprinkles.
Today is Teacher Karaoke in the Commons at activity period featuring teachers competing for the most donations. Come down, show your support, and donate to a good cause.