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The sun sets during spring break in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 17, 2022.
Here or There? Some Travel, Some Stay for Spring Break
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter • April 12, 2024
Nonnewaug freshman baseball player Ashton Elsemore bats during an April 8 game against Shepaug. Elsemore and most baseball players do not travel for spring break because the team has games and practices that week. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Some Play and Some Go During Spring Break
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • April 12, 2024
A puddle surrounds second base on Nonnewaugs baseball field earlier this month. Rainy weather has negatively impacted the start of the spring sports season. (Kyle Brennan)
Persistent Rain Puts Damper on Start of Spring Sports (VIDEO)
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-in-Chief • April 12, 2024
Kelly Farrell, a junior tennis player at Nonnewaug, prepares before a match against Wamogo on April 1. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Hirleman: Championship Past in Girls Tennis Produces Positive Pressure
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • April 12, 2024
Freshman Elliana Obolewicz runs during a track meet last week. (Courtesy of NHS Track and Field/Instagram)
Track Athletes Get Flexibility During April Break
Arabella Rosa '25, Reporter • April 12, 2024
NHS Greenhouse Plant Production, a UConn ECE course, taught by NHS faculty member Eric Birkenberger, has been busy cultivating an array of plantings in preparation for its public plant sale on May 11th.
NHS Greenhouse students Gathers the Goods for the May Plant Sale
Kylieann Craine '24, Reporter • April 12, 2024
From right to left; Kaylee Jackson, Arabella Rosa, Christopher Pelletier, Lana Manganello, and Karisa Cizauskas setting up their new saltwater aquariums and learning how to control their coral lighting.
NHS Aquaculture Sets Sail on Salt Water
Kylie Healey '24, Reporter • April 12, 2024
NHS Dramas production of Once Upon a Mattress runs April 11-13 in the NHS auditorium. (Conor Gereg)
NHS Drama Sets the Stage for 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Gianna Lodice '24 and Layla Coppola '24April 11, 2024
Adam Lengyels Personal Finance course teaches the fundamentals of investing and responsibly managing finances.
Almeida: Students Should Take Investment Education Seriously
Lucas Almeida '24, Reporter • April 11, 2024
The library at the University of Virginia is one location that a student might visit on a tour of campus. Spring break is an opportunity for students to tour colleges. (Wikimedia Commons)
Spring Break a Great Time to Fit in College Visits
Juliana Bailey '25, Junior Editor • April 11, 2024

Students Give FFA Car Show High Marks — Except One Thing

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Chloe Walsh
The parking lot is filled Oct. 1 during the Woodbury FFA Alumni’s inaugural Kickin’ Country Car Show. More than 210 vehicles participated.

WOODBURY — All over Woodbury, fliers and posters started showing up highlighting the inaugural Woodbury FFA Alumni car show Oct. 1. Residents from all around showed up to Nonnewaug in their classic cars, trucks, and tractors for a chance to win an award. 

Early that Sunday morning, cars were showing up ahead of schedule to get spots in the show, including a few tractors that had arrived early to help setup. There were quite a few vendors, including food trucks, local businesses, school clubs, and even face painting that was run by the National Art Honor Society.

“I think it was a good hit with a big draw,” said Catherine Wolko, the owner of the Humble Bee, a local company that sold honey products at the event. “As a vendor, I wasn’t in the middle so there was a decrease in sales, but I did make more than I expected.”

Awards for the winning vehicles were trophies made by students at the school. 

“There were only 12 awards given out,” said FFA chapter reporter Chloe Walsh. “One [was] for best in show, and one [was] for most rusty vehicle that was judged by the committee itself. [There was] also a kid’s choice that was judged by elementary and middle school kids in attendance. The reason chapter officers were judging was because the show was for the kids, so the car show committee wanted the kids to be a big part of the show.”

Walsh said it was tough to determine the award winners.

“How do you compare a brand-new car to a Model T? It’s virtually impossible,” said Walsh. “We deliberated for a very long time before making a decision as the whole chapter team.”

For next year’s car show, a lot is expected to change — especially the way the planning committee handles the weather.

“I don’t know enough to tell you what to expect for next year, [but] all of the Car Show Committee, and most volunteers, ended up with sunburn,” Walsh said. “So for next year, one change that is guaranteed is that we will wear more sunscreen.”

Overall, though, Walsh and her fellow officers were happy with the event after the amount of work they put in to make it a success.

I sold my soul to this thing,” Walsh said.

About the Contributor
T.J. Butkus '24, Reporter
T.J. Butkus is a writer for the Chief Advocate. He lives on a farm in Bethlehem. As a first-year reporter, writing stories seemed interesting to him, which is what caused him to join.
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