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High School plans carnival

by Merrie Leininger

Next Friday night, you can throw a pie in the face of a Douglas High School teacher and then eat some ice cream while waiting for the results of the cow pie bingo.

The Douglas High School carnival will be held Friday night from 5:30 to 11:30 and will have a little something for everyone.

The evening was envisioned as a fund-raiser and just a fun night for the community by the seniors in the U.S. government class taught by Ernie Monfiletto. The Associated Student Body is also sponsoring the event.

The students wanted to do a community service project that would allow them to raise money for the class of 1999 gift and scholarships, but also wanted to show the community they could organize and have fun at a totally drug- and alcohol-free event.

The carnival, which will be held on the high school football field, will have plenty of games and food, in addition to a powder puff football game, a tug-of-war and local bands.

U.S. government student, senior Raul Castillo, 18, said his classmates wanted a fun night for the whole community.

“We wanted to do something that would be alcohol-free and to prove we can have a drug- and alcohol-free night,” Castillo said. “A lot of my friends are stoked. We’re really excited. Especially for the seniors, there’s not really anything fun to do. It’s a night we will be able to be together.”

Senior Cary Lee, 17, said the class had been working for about two months to get the festival up and running and the class was excited about leaving the festival behind as their legacy.

“I think having the festival will be good, I think it will carry on and we’ll be remembered as the class who started it,” she said.

The money raised at the carnival will go to the high school’s scholarship fund and will also allow the class of 1999 to make a donation to Family Support Council as its gift.

Lee said deciding on the class gift was the most problematic of the whole process because there are so many worthwhile organizations.

“Everyone had different ideas where it should go. I think it will go to a good place. It’s fair to give it to Family Support,” she said.

Senior Duane Settor, 17, said it was important to show the community students can have fun without alcohol.

“We wanted to promote a drug- and alcohol-free night,” Settor said.

Castillo said he hopes some people will see their stereotypes about teen-agers are wrong.

“It’s just something to give back to the community. Some people have a negative outlook on teen-agers and think they don’t care. I hope this will show that we’re not that bad; that we do care about the community,” Castillo said.

Monfiletto said all the credit goes to the students.

“We need something positive to end the year that has been kind of chaotic. It’s a good opportunity to celebrate these kids,” he said.

The Mountain Madness Tiger Fest will be held Friday, June 11, from 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. at the Douglas High School football field. The carnival is open to children of all ages, organizers request adults accompany children 12 and under.

Entrance fee: $4 without ASB card and $3 with the card. Admission gets you three carnival activity tickets.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: yearbook signing

7 p.m.-8 p.m.: powder puff football

8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: cow chip bingo

8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.: lip sync contest

9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: bands begin