Eagle River High hosts fall fundraiser

School puts on carnival to raise money for clubs


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Eagle River High junior Chelsea Carroll (left) smiles as Gracelyn Ham, 10, stuffs a marshmallow into her mouth as while competing in the “chubby bunny” contest at Eagle River High School’s fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. The goal is to see how many marshmallows contestants can fit into their mouths.

STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER

Marty Lang is a brave man.

Eagle River High’s principal gave students the opportunity to dunk him in a tank of water as many times as possible in 30 minutes at the school’s annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. Lang estimated he was dropped 25 to 30 times, though no one was more eager to ensure the school’s top administrator was sopping wet than his son, Lang said.

The student-government facilitated event gave all Eagle River clubs an opportunity to raise funds.

Helping all Wolves is one of student government’s main functions, said senior student body president Lauren Chun.

“Student government is about supporting the whole school,” she said.

One of several booths that lined the cafeteria offered a “chubby bunny” contest, where contestants had to jam as many marshmallows in their mouth as possible. A former student of social studies teacher Perry Lewis challenged him to fit 16 in his pie hole.

“I, of course with bravado, said yes,” Lewis said. “And it didn’t happen.”

As Lewis approached double-digits, his blocked airway forced him to stop short of his goal.

“I was on the verge of asphyxiation, so I decided to stop,” Lewis quipped.

Lewis is part of a dedicated staff that supports Eagle River’s student body, something Lang said he doesn’t take for granted.

“We have a really committed faculty when it comes to our student groups,” he said. “That’s something I really appreciate about this staff.”

Other activities included attempting to devour a doughnut on a string sans hands, a haunted house and a “Minute to Win it” game show contest — and that was just in the cafeteria. A football accuracy challenge and Sumo wrestling awaited those who entered the gymnasium.

Not to mention the two dance groups (Stars Dance Studio and Sunshine Generation) that performed. The show drew a throng a spectators, Lang said.

“It was especially crowded when we had our dance groups here,” he said.

Junior Chelsea Carroll said she attends each year for the carnival’s spookiest aspect.

“My favorites part is always the haunted house,” she said.

But the young goblins and ghouls are a close second.

“Seeing all the little kids dressed up, it’s just so cute,” Carroll said.

The event outdoes itself year after year, Carroll said.

“Throughout the years, they keep getting better,” she said.

Lang, who was an English teacher when ERHS opened in 2005, said the fall carnival started out with a small crowd and just a handful of booths.

“It’s really grown exponentially in the last seven years,” he said. “It was really wonderful for me to see how crowded it was tonight.”

Lewis, who’s been at Eagle River since the school opened, said the unified community has made the event a success.

“This has really grown,” he said. “We’ve got a tight community in this school and that really helps.”

The number of students roaming the halls long after the bell signaled the day’s end was astounding, Chun said.

“This year is actually a lot bigger than last year,” she said. “We had a pretty good turnout.”

Chun chalked the spike in fall carnival attendance up to increased interest in after-school activities.

“Our school is starting to get more involved in clubs and activities as we’re growing,” she said.

While the event gives older kids something to do around Halloween, Carroll said she’d never abandon the holiday’s cornerstone.

“I will never outgrow trick-or-treating,” she said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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