Chisholm brings Chills to the heart of school rangers



SPOOKY FUN At Chills at Chisholm, Nevaeh Kinsey, 12, and Cole Allison, 12, laugh with the theatre troop on Saturday, Oct. 22. “I thought it was really cool,” Neveah said. “I’d never been before.” Photo by Daylin Mitchell-Cochran, 12

Arlyn Vargas, Reporter

The annual Chills at Chisholm event brought school spirit to students and teachers through Halloween-themed activities, which took place Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in the parking lot.

“I’m a firm believer of trying to build a school community in which everybody is involved and just committed to making Chisholm a great place, and what better way to do that than Chills at Chisholm,” wrestling coach Jacob Farley said. “Trying to come together as often as we can. I know everyone is really busy and the school year is very hectic, but if we take time out and spend time together, I think it makes the year more enjoyable and it goes by faster.”

When discussing the reasons for participating in Chills at Chisholm, Farley said he looks for ways to bring his wrestling team closer while celebrating the upcoming holiday.

“One, I love Halloween, two, I’m constantly looking for ways for the wrestling team to get together and bond as a team,” Farley said. “I think it’s very important, and it’s like hitting two birds with one stone. We are able to have a team function in which we can come together as a team and it also is really cool to give candy to little kids and get into the Halloween spirit.”

Along with Farley, senior Abigail Terry attended the event as a crew member of her own group the National Art Honor Society.

“I work with the NAHS group, and we paint kids’ faces and that’s always super interesting,” Terry said. “It’s fun, you get to dress up for Halloween, and you get your face painted, and you get candy, and sometimes you make new friends.”

Terry said Chills at Chisholm is fun to be a part of because of how messy the arrangement is.

“I like how it’s organized and messy at the same time,” Terry said.” It’s organized so everybody has their own section; there’s an art section, a basketball section, there’s volleyball. It’s a whole bunch of different ones, but it’s also messy because they all do their own type of thing. It’s not all the same stuff over and over again.”

While Terry approves of how chaotic the event is, senior Emma Almazan said she finds the disorder frustrating for her first year attending Chills at Chisholm.

“I like how everyone gets involved with setting it up, but it’s always really unorganized,” Almazan said. “People start planning it the week of the event, and they talk about it, but don’t actually create a plan or assign people into groups for specific things. Instead, it’s one whole group trying to do everything without a guide to help them.”

Almazan said despite the event’s downside, she does believe it contributes to the growth of the school community.

“I think it is necessary for students,” Almazan said. “Because it shows that even though you’re busy, you’re still able to show school spirit and enjoy the present. Chills at Chisholm gives students something to look forward to every year.”

Farley also said Chills at Chisholm is important for the well-being and performance of students.

“I think it’s really cool to see a community come together and a school come together and put on an event like that, so I definitely think it helps with student well-being,” Farley said. “As far as performance, if you care about something you’re more willing to put effort into it, so yeah, I think it improves their performance as well. Because if you care about your school then you’ll want to do right by your school which means doing your work and performing at a high level.”