Virginia Intermont College’s “Deck the Halls” competition was highly competitive this year as students from various residence hall floors competed for the best-decorated (and well-presented) expressions of holiday cheer. This is the third year of the annual competition and judges were College President Clorisa Phillips, Director of Student Activities Dane Kinser, and Head Volleyball Coach Lauren Kinser. The three finalists were 6th Intermont, 4th Main, and 3rd Main.
A student “waddling” in a penguin costume led the judges on 6th Intermont. The floor had everything from a live snowball fight, a tribute to the VI horses, a Hanukkah section and Santa’s Workshop – a closet converted to a smorgasbord of Christmas goodies for the judges’ sampling. The students also asked the judges to choose “favorite decorated door” as part of the contest.
On the tour of 4th Main, a pair of student elves took the judges straight to Santa himself. While the judges were taking in decorations that included hundreds of Christmas lights, a student dressed as a 5-year-old burst through the crowd, jumped on Santa’s lap, and excitedly asked him for a pony, a kitty, and a squirrel. 4th Main was unique in that students hand made most of the decorations.
3rd Main adopted a “Whoville” theme from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” story and was thus divided into two sections: the Grinch’s lair, which was dark and filthy, and Whoville, which was merry and bright. On their tour, the judges were initially greeted with several of the residents singing and dancing a Christmas carol. Then they were presented with “garbage cookies,” which had more than a dozen odd ingredients but tasted great. The Grinch made an appearance as well, fully painted and in costume.
It was tough choice, but in the end, 3rd Main won for the second year in a row, with 6th Intermont and 4th Main tying for second place. The Deck the Halls competition is sponsored by the VI Student Activities Board (StAB) with assistance from Residence Life staff.
(Photo by Billie Wheeler of students singing in “Whoville.”)