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The End of a Chapter: Winter Carnival 2012

February 15, 2012 in Community, Events, Recreation, Sports

2012 Winter Carnival Queens Competition! Photo Courtesy of: Jess Banda

We have reached the end of another chapter as the festivities and fun of Winter Carnival 2012 come to a close. For those of you that had the opportunity to visit Michigan Tech over Winter Carnival, I hope this last week has left you with great memories, and I hope you enjoyed all of the activities that took place!

In review of the past week’s events, on Saturday, February 4, the eight Winter Carnival Queen Candidates took the stage at the Rozsa Center at the annual Queen’s Coronation ceremony. On stage, the candidates answered interview questions and each performed a talent. Candidates skillfully incorporated this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “From All Over the State What Makes Michigan Great,” into their talent presentations. Talents ranged from dancing and singing to theatrical performances and various tunes played on instruments. The Queen’s Coronation ended with Ms. Melissa Hawks being crowned the 2012 Winter Carnival Queen.

Photo Courtesy of: Michigan Tech

The All-Nighter began on Wednesday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. as students hurriedly began working on their snow statues. Students working on month-long statues spent the All-Nighter putting fine details and finishing touches on their statues. Students working on one-nighter statues spent the evening laboring away—trying to shape and detail a snow statue in less than 16 hours. It is truly amazing to see what Michigan Tech students can do in just a few hours with a bunch of snow, water, butter knives, and irons!

I strongly encourage you to take a look at the image gallery of the 2012 Winter Carnival Statues. In addition to working on snow statues, there were several fun activities for students to take part in during the All-Nighter. With all the delicious food, an outdoor dance party, and broomball, students never lacked something to do to keep them awake all night long!

On the morning of Thursday, February 9, the completed statues were judged based on their connection to the winter carnival theme, first impression, the description that accompanies the statue, the statue’s title lettering, artistic value, effort, intricacy, neatness, and even on how white the snow is. For a complete listing of the statue rankings for the one-nighter and month-long statues in each division, check out the 2012 Winter Carnival site.

Thursday through Saturday, students, families, faculty, staff, and community members spent time walking around campus and looking at the snow statues. In addition to viewing the snow statues there were several broomball games taking place, campus and residence hall tours for campus visitors, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event, and much more.

On Saturday, February 11 the Torch Light Parade took place on Mont Ripley, followed by a beautiful fireworks display. At 9 p.m. the much-anticipated Winter Carnival Awards Ceremony took place in the Memorial Union Building Commons. The Stage Revue, Queen’s Competition, Statues, and Special Events scores were combined to determine who the overall Winter Carnival winner is.

Please feel free to email me at with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about spring break.

Samantha Allen