CHAZY - Despite not having snow during the Chazy Lions Club Winter Weekend, students at Chazy Central Rural School were able to enjoy another fun-filled week of friendly competition.
The Winter Weekend festivities, which took place Feb. 17-20, landed the seniors a first place win, followed by juniors, sophomores, seventh-graders, eighth-graders, and finally, freshmen.
"Because the seniors were able to place either first or second in many competitions, they easily won first place," explained Lions Club member Jim Lucas, one of the organizers for the event. "Juniors were very strong in competitions as well. Sophomores were not too far behind the juniors."
"Overall, scores were very close between seventh, eighth and freshmen," he added.
One of the big events for the weekend is usually the creation of snow sculptures by each class, however, due to lack of snow this year, the students painted murals on a 4-foot by 8-foot board, with the theme of storybook characters.
Although Lucas didn't hear any direct comments from students about not being able to have the snow sculptures, he did notice better performances for the talent show.
"I do think it did take some pressure off so that they could focus on their performances at Talent Night," he said. "It was in many people's opinion, one of the best Talent Nights in recent history."
This year's weekend also brought in a new element, which student council president and sophomore Olivia Seymour would like to see continue.
"This year, we did a Haiti drive during Spirit Week and I decided that next year and for other years on, we'll ... give money to a different group that needs it," Seymour explained.
The classes raised nearly $750, with the freshmen raising nearly half of the total.
"We did a lot better than I thought we would do," Seymour said.
"The seniors also contributed a significant amount and I'm sure the effort by all will be greatly appreciated," added Lucas.
The festivities ended Feb. 20 with a semi-formal dance and the crowning of a king and queen.
"All classes vote for a king and queen of Winter Weekend from the senior class," Lucas explained.
P. J. Collins and Victoria Reynolds took king and queen respectively.
For those who witnessed the festivities for the first time, Lucas said he heard comments about how well the students cooperate.
"They are amazed at how enthusiastic the students are, how well they cooperate between the classes and how tight-knit of a group the student body is," he said. "The older groups always look out for the younger ones in a way I've not seen anywhere else."
The Lions Club has been sponsoring the school's Winter Weekend for nearly 50 years, donating a monetary award to each class based on the amount of points they receive during the week.
"It is our hope that we help foster and build a stronger sense of community spirit in our younger community members," said Lucas.