Opinion: It's Winterfest time at Colusa High School
This week marks the first of what I hope will be a successful Student Columnist Program for the Colusa County Sun-Herald. The first student column we will feature comes from our new CHS Beat writer, Haley Lyss.
So far, Williams High School is the only other Colusa County school to commit to selecting a student to represent their school in the paper. They have not yet had the time to select their columnist, but have been in contact with the Sun-Herald and mentioned a few possible candidates.
I would like to thank Pam Stalley and Matt Giffin for their support and doing what they can to help get this project going.
It is my hope that eventually, each high school in the county will select a student columnist to represent the voice for their school — and their student body — in the Sun-Herald. I am excited to work with these aspiring writers, and hope that they can take something valuable from the experience.
During my senior year at Sutter Union High School, I had the opportunity to serve as one of the first "high school beat writer" for the Appeal Democrat, and really enjoyed the opportunity. Needless to say, that experience turned out to be something that helped me down the road. I hope this student columnist section can turn out to be as successful as the Appeal Democrat's has — it is in its sixth year.
I hope that our readership enjoys this new education feature in the Sun-Herald, and — again — that we can eventually get all of the county's high schools involved.
— Brian Pearson
As the holidays are coming around, it is hard to not get excited about my favorite school activity: Winterfest. Being a holiday baby, I am very spirited when the holidays come around. I love the feeling of everyone being together and celebrating all the things for which they are so thankful.
Even though there are some who are not as privileged as us, I love all of the things that Colusa High School does to give back. Last year, we received many presents as donations to give to families who need a very merry Christmas. The presents included movies, board games, stuffed animals and much more.
Last year was the first time CHS held Winterfest. When our new principal Mr. Brown arrived, he made it very clear that we as a school are about the community. When Mr. Brown came up with Winterfest, the main idea was to give the community a "winter wonderland" free of charge.
Last year was such an incredible time, and those of you who attended can account for that. Even though last year was amazing, we want it to be even bigger and better this year.
This year, the plan is to make you feel like you are walking into the North Pole. As you enter, you won't be able to miss the intricate and creative entrance that the art department has created.
As you walk in, you will see kids hitting pinatas, which have been provided by our Spanish club. You may also observe them running around, trying to find Santa and his little helpers.
The best part of Winterfest is that it is for everyone. While the kids are exploring all of the booths — possibly having caricatures made of them by the Art Club or riding on the FFA cow train — adults can sit down and eat a "mi ranchito" dinner, which is a fundraiser for Sober Grad Night.
The point of Winterfest is for the community to know who we are. Every single club that CHS offers and what they do for us as students will be on display during Winterfest.
As a senior, I am excited to celebrate my last Winterfest as a student, and my second of many to come as a community member.
I hope to see all of you there to celebrate the amazing community we have.
– Haley Lyss is the Colusa High Beat writer.