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After a week of fun outfits, hallway decorating, and mural creating, the Wildcats celebrated Winter Fest and fought for the spirit jug at Friday’s assembly.

The event began with the Winter Fest court being revealed with seniors Sydney Hitzelberger and Anthony Thompson taking the crown. They also previewed upcoming sports games for the evening, with basketball, hockey, and wrestling all ready to compete. The A.H.S. drum line and cheerleaders also made an appearance. From there on it was stiff competition to see which class would take home the spirit jug. Students from each grade and even some staff competed in creative games to take home the prize.

Principal Romeo Bourdage helped lead the event and loved the atmosphere, “Oh I think the assembly went wonderful. One of the things that I like best is that the spirit week is extraordinary because the students really get into it. When I graduated in ’86, it wasn’t the case. It was kind of stale, we cheered, ‘rah, rah’ed,’ we did the ‘seniors, seniors,’ but these kids go at it from the murals to the hall decorating to the outfits.”

After many close calls, some impressive cheering, and even dancing, it was the seniors that took the victory. Principal Bourdage is happy to see the lively culture at the school flourish, “You know, AHS is a great place and we do so many things, you hear so many things about kids, but I look at all 1,300 kids and they enjoy high school and can walk away with a great memory, not only a great education, but they can feel like they were part of something bigger and that’s important to me.”

The Wildcats will wrap up Winter Fest week with some sports on Friday night and a dance on Saturday. This comes as there are just a couple of months until commencement, giving seniors an opportunity to make some memories. “It just really uplifts the culture in the building and gets kids to believe this is their building,” said Bourdage, “they get to do what they want and choose to make what they want and they choose to make a positive culture and that makes me really happy as a principle.”