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Summit High School Annual Winter Festival Helps Students Relax, Celebrate and Give Back

Jason Cohen

Saturday, December 22, 2012 • 7:59am

SUMMIT, NJ - On the last day of the 2012 school year, the Student Council at Summit High School held its second annual Winter Festival. Held all day during students’ physical education periods, the event was a fundraiser from which half the proceeds went to Hurricane Sandy relief and the rest was divided among clubs at the school.

The event included writing letters to veterans, a photo booth area, arts and craft station, a showing of the movie “Elf,” carnival games, a basketball tournament, football toss and a Ping-Pong contest.

A new element to the Winter Festival was the addition of the silent auction, which was co-sponsored by the SHS Parent Teacher Organization. The Student Council auctioned 28 Christmas trees; each decorated by a different sports team, club or academic department.

Senior Abby Beier, who is the council president, said the concept for the festival came from the holiday party they have at the middle school. Beier said it was successful last year, but they wanted to make it even better.

“I think this year people are enjoying the variety of options that we have,” she said. “I think people are having fun and it’s a good way to relax.”

Sophomore Zach Rissman, who is the communications chair of the Student Council, said they wanted to help the community and hold a fun event. Rissman said having enough activities for everyone to do was a bit challenging because it was a full day of school unlike last year which was a half day.

“It’s definitely a good way to wind down a bit and get your mind in the holiday spirit,” he said.

Newcomer to the event, junior Abby DePhillips, sold cupcakes from her newly formed business, Abby Cakes. She started her company in the summer because she needed a job and she loves to bake. Students and teachers devoured the sugary snacks throughout the day. DePhillips, who also caters birthday and princess parties, donated a percentage of her proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

“I’m glad that I get this opportunity to help,” DePhillips said.

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