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Carnival atmosphere overtakes Valley schools prior to winter break

Students at all four St. John Valley high schools took part in various fun activities, Feb. 12-16, the week before each school let out for a week-long winter break. “Winter carnival” type events have been popular for years at many schools in Aroostook County.

Seventh and eighth grade students work on their Winter Olympics themed sculpture, Thursday, as part of Winter Wellness Week at Wisdom Middle/High School. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

At Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha, students in all grades took part in Winter Wellness Week.

On Thursday, Wisdom students put the final touches on large Winter Olympics themed snow sculptures. Taking advantage of the massive mounds of snow that have accumulated around the parking lot this winter, each high school grade level and the combined seventh and eighth grades created colorful sculptures highlighting the Olympic games currently taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Students also visited the Four Seasons Trail facility in Madawaska and the Madawaska Recreation Department’s skating rink as part of Wellness Week. The program included various indoor activities as well.

Van Buren Secondary School  students also enjoyed Winter Carnival Week before heading off for vacation.

Activities included indoor and outdoor events, such as broomball at the community skating rink.

Fort Kent Community High School sophomores Desirae Hafford, left, and Cady Hebert perform Thursday night, in the sophomore group during Winter Carnival’s Battle of the Bands event. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

Winter Carnival at Fort Kent Community High School continued to be a bit competitive, with grade levels competing against each other part in everything from group dance and band competitions, to indoor soccer and music quiz contests, to see which class would come out on top.

This year, the seniors came in first in the Battle of the Bands and earned the overall Winter carnival title.

Winter carnival at Madawaska Middle/High School was condensed into one full day of indoor and outdoor activities on Friday. Although each class created its own teams, there was no competition or overall winner.

The warm weather that day provided Madawaska students a great opportunity for snow soccer, cross country skiing, tubing and snow football at the Four Seasons Trail facilities.

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