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Holiday Cheer

The campus lights up with holiday treats, tunes and traditions.

The campus was abuzz this week with holiday cheer, as students turned in final papers and exams, and prepared to head home for Winter Break.

The holiday fun started on Tuesday, when the Parents Association hosted their annual ‘Nutcracker Sweets’ bake sale. Homemade goodies were on sale for 50 cents each, with all proceeds going to the association — the event is more of a “sweet treat” for students rather than a fundraiser for the group. They also host raffle off baskets of goodies for one lucky student and one lucky employee. Another sweet treat came in the form of candy canes, which Student Government was selling as a fundraiser for prom. Student Government President Dan Smith ’13 said by selling the candy-grams throughout the week at lunch, they had raised about $800.

Valerie Nam ’16 and friends Erinn Lee ’16, Andrea Scarfo ’16 and Andrea Millard ’16 were all buying multiple candy-grams for their friends and a few teachers.

“It’s really nice when someone gets you a little present like this, so you want to buy them for your friends, so they can have that feeling, too,” said Nam.

The school continued its celebration on Thursday evening: a solemn Lesson and Carols service in the Ashburn Chapel, a fun dinner with advisors in the Wilder Dining Hall, a hilarious skit put on by the senior prefects, and a Christmas dance.

The Lessons and Carols service starts the night off, as students and adults each read a lesson, and Rob Humprehville leads the attendees in singing traditional Christmas song. Readers included: Elsie Pryor ’16, Kenisha Ross ’15, Dane Kim ’14, Suki Smith ’13, Caroline Trustey ’13, Grounds Supervisor Bill St. Cyr (the parent of a sixth-former and a fifth-former) and Head of School John Packard.

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After dinner with their advisors, students laughed at the Christmas skit, which featured the prefects and a Polar Express theme. Then the shouting started — the carol sing-along has students belting out everything from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to The Twelve Days of Christmas at the top of their lungs in the auditorium.

“I’m a little bit sentimental about it,” said sixth-former Ryan Miles, who was quick to add, “The sixth-form definitely won the sing-off this year.”