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Spartan Talk March 20, 2024

On February 21, CVR’s Family Feud: the Teacher versus Students edition took place in the auditorium at lunch. Tickets were two dollars, and this was the first of the many activities that took place at school before March break.

During the week before March break (February 26 to March 1) many activities took place that were organized by Leadership. 15 pictures of Waldo were hung around the school and students who found all 15 got a prize. Monday was Denim Day, and Friday was PJ and Carnival Day. The Carnival Day activities were Just Dance and Henna Art in the cafeteria and lobby, and students could buy a piece of tape for twenty-five cents to tape Mr. McClintock to the wall.

Throughout the week, students could buy Sweet Shoutouts – a message to a teacher, support staff, or another student  and the messages were distributed March 14. All the profits made from these fundraisers went to La Bouffe Additionnelle, a nonprofit organization established in Huntingdon whose goal is to reduce food instability among the citizens of the Haut-Saint-Laurent region and offer food assistance to anyone in a difficult situation.

These activities were organized by student leadership in order to invite students to participate in school life and create a more fun environment. Leadership also wanted to encourage students who aren’t part of any sports teams to participate in activities that aren’t necessarily organized sports.

The yearly Europe trip, organized by Ms. Harper and the Travel Club, took place from February 27 to March 7. The students went to Italy and Greece and got guided tours in many of the big cities like Florence, Pisa, Rome, Delphi, and Athens. Some of the most exciting activities that they did were visiting the leaning tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Temple of Apollo, and Acropolis.

After visiting Italy, the group took a ferry to Greece which offered them breathtaking views. They also visited some galleries like the Galleria Dell’Academia and they had lots of free time to shop, try amazing food such as baklava and gelato, and discover Europe. Unfortunately, after such a remarkable trip, their flights home got cancelled so the group was split into two. The first group had a more direct flight home and arrived in Montreal at 3 p.m. while the second group only arrived at 3 a.m. Luckily, all the students and teachers made it back safe, and no luggage was lost!

On March 14, three CVR basketball teams participated in the S.S.I.A.A. finals; the senior boys and the senior girls played at Centennial Regional High School and the junior girls at Heritage Regional High School. All three teams demonstrated incredible dedication to the sport and worked together very well.

The senior girls placed second in their tournament, the senior boys placed fourth, and the junior girls placed third. However, even through the losses, the CVR teams persevered and didn’t give up until the games ended. The junior girls played a nail-biting game in the semi-final and lost by two points. The final score was 56-54, and Reagen Finlayson was the top scorer.

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