Every once in a while, it just feels good to smash a pie into a friend's face. How often, though, do you get such an opportunity?
For Springstead High School students, the chance arose during last week's annual homecoming carnival.
The event is an opportunity for organizations schoolwide to raise money. "We started doing this back in the early 1990s in one form or fashion," said principal Susan Duval.
"(It's) been going on for at least 10 years," said Student Council adviser, English teacher and former Springstead student Kathleen DiLorenzo. The Student Council sponsors the event.
The carnival occurred on Clash Day, which encouraged students to attend school in crazy, mismatched outfits. There was a loud DJ. There were inflatable games.
The pie-smashing booth offered aluminum pans filled with whipped cream, not complete pies. Each pan cost $1, and the victims received napkins to clean up afterward. Proceeds from this messy but tasty and sweet activity benefited the volleyball team.
The sophomore class offered an interesting option. For $1 each, two or more students could exchange fake wedding vows. The booth was so popular that the class ran out of the 96 plastic rings it had ordered, forcing the class sponsor, English teacher Jackie May, to sit on the ground and fashion wedding bands out of aluminum foil.
Fifteen-year-old Zachary Kinderman presided over the couples or groups (polygamy allowed), asking the females to pledge to wash all underwear and males to put the toilet seat down. Besides rings, the happy couples/groups received certificates and photos to remember the happy day.
At the far end of the football practice field, students showed off their cars and trucks for awards. A variety of vehicles lined the edge of the field, from a white mud-covered Mustang to a Mazda Millenia with a serious stereo system.
Competition categories with trophies for the winners included Best of Show, Best Detail, Best Stereo, Best School Spirit, Dirtiest Car and Worst Car. This was sponsored by Student Council.
There were plenty of places to get food. The Step Team sold hot pretzels. The junior class sold cotton candy. They were raising money to finance the prom. The Spanish National Honors Society had taquitos and Spanish rice. The Key Club sold s'mores. The French Club sold french fries and offered cheese and/or chili. The German Club had pretzels, pastries and crafts. The Interact Club had popcorn. Girls varsity basketball sold subs.
Andre and Elba Gutierrez had a table loaded with empanadas, candy and chips to raise money for the Andre Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship. "We've been handing out scholarships since 1994" in honor of their son, said Andre Gutierrez Sr.
Other organizations trying to bolster their causes were the senior class with its dunk tank, the Gay Straight Alliance Club providing karaoke, the Anime Club, trying to share Japanese culture and the art of anime.
The yearbook had a blowup bungee game; the Latin Club offered chances to play Plinko, a peg and ball game; and BETA had bouncy jousting. The newspaper staff had a photo contest, and the cheerleaders sponsored a spirit center where they painted skin and hair in school colors.
SALT, or Speak and Live Truth, a Christian group, was giving away candy at no charge. Their purpose, according to freshman and club member 14-year-old Marisanne Shiver: "spreading the love."