Carnival Caps Homecoming Week


Jacob McCready

Julia Mickelson works on the yearbook sign for the upcoming event.

The highly anticipated Homecoming Carnival, supporting charity Just for J, provides food and entertainment to campus on Fri., Nov. 9.

The Just for J charity helps pay for the treatment of patients affected by Charcot Marie Tooth Disease and others in need of neonatal care at Herman Memorial. The foundation was founded to assist 4-year-old Jacqueline Dyer with her treatment costs and allow her to make her bucket list a reality.

The carnival is organized and run by Student Council. Their Student Council’s goal is to raise $30 thousand to support Just for J. Each participating organization has the option to either donate all their proceeds to Just for J or use the Homecoming Carnival as one of their three fundraisers.

“It’s J’s wish that we raise money for others still struggling with her disease,” student council adviser Susan Parent said. “It’s a great cause.”

For many, the carnival is the highlight of Homecoming Week. Classes are shorter Friday to give students more time to explore the attractions during lunch. Freshmen are especially eager to attend the carnival as the hype around it grows.

“I’m excited,” freshman Mya Christensen said. “It’s my first year, so I can’t wait to see what it’s all about.”

The Homecoming Carnival gives many groups an opportunity to perform. The Oak Break Krew will show off their hip-hop moves on a checkerboard mat in the center of the commons.

“I love watching the Oak Break Krew perform,” Christensen said.

In addition, the Jazz Band plays tunes for the carnival audience outside the auditorium. The musicians have been working on their music for the whole year.

“My favorite part of performing is probably the feeling I get while I do it,” junior jazz trumpet player Rebecca Yarbrough said. “The feeling of accomplishment when the audience really enjoys what we’ve been doing for so long is really rewarding.”

One particularly anticipated aspect of the Homecoming Carnival are the booths themselves, which sell either food or entertainment. Street corn, pizza, and Chick-fil-a are historically best sellers. Some stands offer video games, ring toss, or temporary henna tattoos. Booths are accepting pre-bought tickets instead of money. Each ticket is one dollar and can be bought during lunches or at the carnival on Friday.

Abbi Wright
Here is a list of participating organizations and what they are selling.