Ms. Anna Steeley
Hinesburg-Champlain Valley Union High School- It’s November that time for the annual Advisory Pride Emblem Contest.
CVU has been doing this for eight years. On average 80 advisories compete in this contest. This year the teachers on the panel for judging were, Carol Fox, Lora Crabtree, Seth Emerson, Lindsey Lynaugh, and Justin Chapman.
Some of the categories change throughout the years for example, two years ago there was a “Pretty Darn Clever,” award created by Debbie Seaton. The winners receive a complimentary breakfast. Last year they got bagels from Coves, but this year it was from somewhere else.
The Pride Emblem Contest was created by Chris Hood. Originally it was not designed for advisory, but for the school to portray unity and spirit in a creative way.
The criterion for the contest is that the emblem must represent CVU and everyone in that advisory; it must show what is important to that advisory. And having a theme for the emblem is always a good way to go.
The key to winning according to Dave Trevithick, the freshman Fairbanks science teacher is…
“Not just having an idea but having a great idea,” replies Mr. Trevithick. His advisory has won a few awards over the years including the “Pretty Darn Clever Award,” for this unique emblem called “Fear the Beard.” Mr. Trevithick’s advisory also won a “Judges Award,” for his emblem, “Album Covers.”
Although, Mr. Trevithick’s advisory kicked butt in this contest, Robin Fawcett’s advisory has won a few times as well. Their emblem theme was, “Pirates of Talents.” The emblem displayed the advisory members- each showing their talents whether it be drawing, playing a sport, dancing, etc. In a giant painted pirate ship. It was colorful and original no wonder it won the “Most Creative,” award.
However, this year there were ten winners. For the “Most Creative Award,” Sue Frederick, Justin Chapman, and Dave Richardson’s advisories won. The “Judge’s Award,” went to Robin Fawcett, Anna Coupertherwait, and Katherine Riley’s advisories. Chris Smith, Higgins/Wood, and Seth Jensen’s advisory’s won for “Most School Spirit.” And lastly, Dickinson/LaChance won the “Most Improved Award.”
The winning advisories are treated to a healthy balanced breakfast of bagels, juice, and fruit.