This year on December 9th, the NHS Senior Class put on the annual community-favorite winter spectacle December Delight. The December Delight was first introduced as a fundraiser for the Senior Class over 50 years ago, which then only had 40 graduates.While many of the traditions remain the same, the event has grown immensely and has since added outside vendors.
NHS graduate of Class of 1972 Cheryl Coffin has co-chaired this event twice for her sons in past years and spoke on the event, saying that, “I think the thing that stands out the most is that it is a very popular community event. You go do a bit of Christmas shopping, maybe have lunch, see people you know, students working hard and having fun, kids playing games and visiting Santa, support the students, an all around wonderful day!”
Today, the tradition is continued every December on a Saturday from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, and, with Christmas just around the corner, the fundraiser provides a chance for locals to go holiday shopping, vendors to sell their artisan goods, and the senior class to raise money for their yearbooks and graduation expenses such as their caps and gowns. This year, there were over 86 vendors set up in the NHS gymnasium, selling a variety of items ranging from jewelry, to candles, to local whaler merchandise; there is always something at the December Delight for everyone of any age!
In addition to local goods, the event also features a bakery, raffles, and auctions. This year, under layers of cellophane wrapping and Christmas decor, the bakery sold delicious handmade baked goods, all of which were a huge hit. At the end of the day, tickets were drawn for the raffles, with winners going home with prizes such as a TV, over 300 scratch tickets, and an already decorated Christmas tree. Both the Chinese and silent auctions were a huge success, with almost 200 items including jewelry, toys and gift cards being taken home by the lucky winners.
The event also had a Santa’s Workshop, where kids could make crafts, take photos with Santa and his elves, or play some fun holiday-themed games. A variety of soups, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and snacks were provided in the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch by a hardworking kitchen crew, adequately replenishing the energy of the tired shoppers and volunteers.
With Christmas music playing throughout the day and the NHS lobby decorated to look like a Winter Wonderland, this year’s December Delight prompted shoppers and volunteers alike to enjoy themselves get into the holiday spirit.
An event of this magnitude certainly takes a village to put on. This year, Seanda Bartlett and Christa Willet took the helm as co-chairs of the event, overseeing the process from beginning to end. Over the course of the last couple of months, with the help of parents and students of the senior class, the co-chairs meticulously planned the event, ironing out all the kinks.
Senior class president Anna Steadman reflected on the event, saying “it was a huge success. Seanda Bartlett and Christa Willet did a fabulous job in the whole process and the class couldn’t be more grateful.”
In addition to the help of the parents and students, Senior Class Officers Paige Albertson and Jennifer Lamb pointed out the role of our community in this event, saying that, “We are very fortunate to live in a community that is so supportive,” and that, “It was very fulfilling to be able to fully appreciate the abundance of help from parents and community members that makes this fundraiser wildly successful year after year.” The class officers, Anna Steadman, Paige Albertson, Jennifer Lamb and Jenna Genthner would like to thank everyone that lent a helping hand, as well as everyone from the community who came to support the class.
By Jenna Genthner