Wolverine Festival 2008
Published 5:10 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mrs. Cindy McFadden, the founder of the Wolverine Festival (and also heads the PCHS Student Council), says that since the birth of the festival in 2005, each year it becomes so much more enjoyable. There have been some problems: one year without sound, and with the students too far apart. McFadden says now there is more organization, and things such as food quantities and events are organized prior to the event.
&dquo;We hope that the students show their gratitude to the administration. If they are interested they should make that known; things this good may not last forever,&dquo; said McFadden.
Since 1998 PCHS had originally purchased supplies to decorate the football stadium, which they handed to the students for a day and let loose. McFadden says the day was a mess; students were destroying supplies and property. She came up with the idea of the festival not only to organize the finale of the week of spirit, but to accommodate the clubs as well.
The clubs set up various booths along the track on the football field. The students could engage in tons of activities from Sumo wrestling, dunk the teachers, dodge ball, shaving cream tug-of-war, along with many others. Although some clubs charged for activities, they were required to provide at least one free activity.
And if the students became exhausted from the dodge ball against their teachers, the concession stand was filled with food that was sold by the clubs.
Among the comments from the students, the food was ranked among the top, along with getting out of class, and being with friends.
&dquo;It&squo;s the only time I get to see my friends. We get a break from all the hard work we do all day,&dquo; said Toni Wilkins.
Also the festival is a great way for students to get a hands on experience of what they are truly good at. In the Green Team, a recycling team&squo;s booth, Parrish Gary had a long line of shirts to airbrush, which the club sold to make money. Also in the yearbook booth, Ty Underwood made caricatures of students, where he could practice, full on his art skills.
The main event of the Wolverine Festival was the Powder Puff football game, where the junior class girls faced up against the senior class girls in a game of flag football. Although it was raining, the seniors burst their sign and ran onto the field to start the game.
In a score report provided by Mr. Jeff Wilson, the seniors obtained victory 6 to 0. Kyla Byrd scored the touchdown and was named Offensive MVP. Defensive MVP was Kiki Miller. Senior Honorable mention went to Jamie Sessoms. The junior offensive MVP was Anna Trakas, defensive MVP was Jessica Rodriguez, and Honorable Mention was Samantha Van Dyne.
The girls were faced with a defensive struggle but it was a very well played game. The juniors did quite well during the last 2 minutes of the game, where they traveled 60 yards to the 30-yard line as a long pass from Trakas to Hailey Price, but simply ran out of time. Head coaches Justin Harris-Senior and Justin Ridings-Junior, should be proud. &bsp;
Samantha Van Dyne stated that during the last two minutes of the game, even though it was flag football, the seniors got a little too physical. Kyla Byrd left the field with a broken finger, Jessica Antonio a cut on her face, and Brooke Pierce a dented nose.
&dquo;It&squo;s amazing to see all our kids in the different booths and activities&ellip; Lots of school spirit,&dquo; says Wilson.
He also wanted to award the cheerleaders, male juniors and seniors, who came to the event and helped lighten up the mood on the rainy day and certainly hyped&bsp; everyone with spirit.
From the spirit week to homecoming skit, the Wolverine Festival tied the knot for the Homecoming Football game.&bsp; McFadden wishes that next year more of the community will become part of the growing festival, to make it bigger than ever.
&dquo;The festival promotes our school spirit, and if we didn&squo;t have the festival the school would not shine as well. It shows how well we can work together as a team, or a class, and that hard work pays off in the end, no matter what the outcome. All that matters is having fun,&dquo; said Mackenzie Trowell, a junior player in Powder Puff.