After weeks of collecting cans of food, cases of ramen, and boxes of mixes, Provo High School students once again came through with a record-breaking number of food items to donate to the Food Bank. This year students and teachers dug deep to bring in over 40,200 items, beating their 2012 amount of 39,119 items.
To celebrate, students were rewarded with a Food Drive assembly on Wednesday, December 11th, where teachers and staff provided incentives and entertainment. Teachers performed a faculty wobble dance, led by Ms. Nelson, then Officer Edwards shaved his trademark mustache that has been part of his persona for over 30 years, Donny Bills defeated Mr. Henderson in a scooter race wearing drunk goggles, and Mr. Robinson, along with selected students, downed a can of sardines bathed in mustard and syrup.
Not to be outdone by Mr. Robinson’s messiness, the trio of Mrs. Nozawa, Mrs. Pierce, and Mrs. Francis dove into a pool of jello to retrieve a golden ring. By all accounts, Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Francis lost sight of their goal and took to throwing jello and tackling each other while Mrs. Nozawa came out victorious—though sticky.
Then the shaving began. Mr. Aragon, an avid Ute fan, shaved a “U” into Mr. Killian’s head, and Mr. Killian returned the favor by shaving a “Y” into Mr. Aragon’s head. Then Ms. Auman made the ultimate hair sacrifice by letting student government members shave her entire head.
Assistant Principals Mr. McAffee and Mrs. Brown catapulted cupcakes into each others’ faces, and Mr. Schoonover took on Mayor Curtis in a fish slap challenge. After winning the first three rounds, and covering the mayor in water, flour, and whipped cream, Mr. Schoonover’s luck went south and he ultimately lost the battle. The victorious mayor fish-slapped the principal with a frozen fish to celebrate his victory.
The culminating event was a live concert performed by We Are the Strike. The newly emerging pop/jazz band performed at the Stadium of Fire and has opened for Kelly Clarkson and Imagine Dragons. Provo High was their last Utah performance before leaving on a United States tour. Students enthusiastically clapped, danced, and sang along, and when Provo High’s own Addie Austin joined lead singer Chris Crabb, the crowd went wild.
Much thanks to Todd Smith, Donny Bills, and our Student Government for organizing the food drive and the assembly, and thanks to our incredible student body and faculty for once again giving of themselves to help our community.