Amy Moyer, Student Council adviser and PRIDE Committee member, is very excited about the two-fold contest. “By allowing ‘different’ kinds of trees and holiday-themed creations, it really opens up the contest and the festivities to everyone. A group doesn’t have to have an artificial tree, which really held a lot of groups and classes back,” she said.
Jackson added that he feels that the canned food drive/sculpture contest enhances the tradition. He said, “(It) represents all that is good about the season and the school, but I want it to be more than symbolic; I want it to be blunt and obvious what good we can do together.”
The groups that have traditionally decorated the trees are still planning on participating and a few groups, including Student Council, National Honor Society and the Cheerleading Team, have already planned to participate in making their own sculptures. Many more are hoped and expected to come.
There are a variety of categories for which prizes will be awarded – most holiday spirit, greatest can collection, most original and Moyer said that she may add others depending on the number of entries. To add even more of an incentive, prizes of PV PRIDE Bucks will be awarded to the best sculptures for students to spend on the end of the year PRIDE Day.
During the last week of school, for one day, the high school is filled with fun activities and donated prizes for the students, all purchased through the power of the PRIDE bucks students earn throughout the year by doing their part to help with the school’s three goals of 3.0 average for each grade, 95 percent attendance and increasing pride in the school.