By Thuong Pham and Magdalena Rattunde
Holiday spirit was evident across campus before the winter break, especially on the classroom doors. From weather themes to political puns with a holiday twist, many classes participated in the holiday door contest, spending an average of a block period’s time to finish.
The Leadership classes assign each building a theme, and their fourth period students could bring in materials such as lights, fabric, paper and markers to decorate the door in their own creative way.
Every year, a committee judges the doors, and the winners get a pizza party to celebrate their time and effort dedicated to the contest.
History teacher Tony Manno was one of the winners of the “difficult” contest, according to leadership student and judge of the contest, Natalie Bell. “It was a difficult contest to judge. There were many aspects and meanings behind them [doors],” Bell said, “ Some had lights, some had comical doors.”
Nonetheless, the judges showed no bias towards any of the classes. “We didn’t pay attention to whose door it was, but just what the door has.” The contest had no specific criteria besides “no specific holiday,” according to Bell.
Manno’s door in the main building was a depiction of Donald Trump. “The Trump stole the non-secular holiday in December”, turning the grinch story into the Trump story. “We thought it was good, and it was clever. I think we had the most original idea,” Manno said.
According to him, the most troubles he and his students faced when decorating the doors were supplies. “We had cotton dyed green for fur. Yellow yarn for his hair,” he said. Although it is his last year as a teacher here, Manno participated in the contest one last time. “It’s always a fun thing for the winter holidays to be festive.”
Spanish teacher Clarissa Yeo’s door was the winner in the West Wing. “Everyone was working together and there was no disagreement,” freshman Vanessa Lee, a fourth period student of Yeo’s classroom, said. “The class made paper picado [a Mexican art which consists of paper cut into elaborate designs] and animals. Many people brought glitter and tape.”
The winners were rewarded with pizza after the winter break. “It was kind of fun delivering the pizza,” Bell said.