The familiar tune of “Jingle Bell Rock” filled the room as partygoers clad in colorful sweaters partook in festive games and activities. This traditional holiday scenery made its way to CCHS as The Lariat newspaper hosted its ugly holiday sweater party on December 6.
“It felt like a close knit family,” illustrator Colin Camblin said. “When everyone started coming to the party, I could see the diversity of the student body. The cafeteria was full of students from different classes, clubs and grades. It was very heartwarming to see everyone coming together to support what we do in The Lariat.”
The party included activities ranging from cookie decorating and photo booth style pictures to an ornament race around the cafeteria. The ornament race was an activity consisting of speed, balance and friendly competition. Volunteers rushed around the cafeteria, each holding a plastic spoon containing a small Christmas tree ornament. The objective of the game was to reach the finish line first without dropping the ornament.
“The ornament race was a fun way to bring together the different party guests through a holiday themed game,” sophomore Leah Applebaum said. “I also enjoyed the stations, where I decorated cookies and took pictures with my friends.”
The photo booth included a backdrop, props and high definition pictures captured by one of the Lariat’s own photographers. Numerous people delighted in posing for silly pictures with friends and peers. Each party guest was treated with pizza, garlic rolls, soda, snacks and candy. Newspaper centerpieces and banners placed about the room added the Lariat’s personal touch to the expected snowflake and candy cane decor.
“The party was a great way for the whole of our staff to bond while also allowing us to interact with the rest of the student body,” staff writer Annabelle Rosa said.
Since a majority of The Lariat staff members are seniors, the party was not only a way to spend time with fellow members, but a time to reflect on past years of being part of the publication. Fundraising is one way to ensure that the future of The Lariat is just as bright, if not brighter, than it has already been.
“The Lariat ugly holiday sweater party was a huge success,” social event coordinator Taylor Goldman said. “So many people came out for a super fun time. I couldn’t be more proud of how hard the staff worked to throw such a great party.”
Over 75 party tickets were sold to various CCHS students at 15 dollars each. All fundraising money made will be used to support the production of The Lariat, including printing issues of the school newspaper. Since The Lariat is a self-funded school club, it is necessary that fundraising covers all potential expenses.
“Attending The Lariat ugly sweater party was a nice activity to not only support the newspaper staff but also allow myself to relax with my friends and fun activities,” sophomore Carla Luna said. “I find it important to support such events because it allows for the continuation of programs such as newspaper which is incredibly significant and impactful to some students. The effort into the party was definitely evident and was thoroughly enjoyed by all guests as we all celebrated together with games and food.”