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Deck the Halls tradition continues

By Daniel Waldman

For years now, Alameda High has had a competition around the holiday season that inspires teachers and their fourth-period classes to go all out in decorating their door: Deck the Halls. This year the event is as competitive as ever, with teachers from all over the school throwing everything but the kitchen sink at their door.

Arctic animals convene on Ms. Turpin's door.
Ms. Turpin’s door was a winner in the main building.
Photo by Janet Chen

This year, the competition is centered around a variety of different arctic-related themes for doors in each building; it also features hordes of teachers and students ready to go all out for the prize of pizza.

Some of the door designs for 2013 involve unusual frigid-weather creatures, Olympic medals and ancient cult-god sea monsters. Social science teacher Molly Gerber, one of the teachers in the fierce main building competition, when asked for details on her door, replied with only one word.


Anne Turpin, another main building social science teacher, has a door featuring the designs of her students, including two narwhals, the snowman from “Frozen,” a velociraptor and four pictures of the mythical sea beast Cthulhu.

Turpin said, “I really like Ms. Gerber’s design. The narwhals are creative, it really shows off her students’ abilities. I’m still confident we’ll win.”

Turpin would triumph in the main building competition, bringing the prize of a pizza party to her fourth period class. Fourth period sophomore student Chandler Matz said, “I’m glad we won. We deserved it, we put in a lot of hard work,” later adding “nobody else’s door even came close.”

Leadership student and sophomore Noelle Siroit thought that the contest went well on the whole, saying “I really like it because it helps show off our school’s spirit and creativity. Walking in the halls these past few weeks showed just how impressive some of our students were.”

Turpin’s class won the main building competition, while English teacher Lauren Braunohler and social science teacher Allen Nakamura’s classes tied in the Industrial Arts building.  French teacher Denise LaBarre won in the West Wing.

“In all, it was a great competition,” said Siroit. “I look forward to it next year.”

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