With the jolly spirit of the holiday season in the air, students’ laughter fills the whole conference hall. T’is a joyful day, for today is KISTIVAL! Wednesday, November 25, 2015 was KIS’s 8th annual KISTIVAL, an event in which dozens of clubs put together a day of festivities to celebrate the holiday season. KISTIVAL is open to all KIS students and staff to relax and enjoy the array of food and games prepared by the clubs.
At 3 pm, chaos ensued at the ticket booth. Student organizers were running around with gigantic posters and were preoccupied with cooking utensils as a mass of bodies gathered in the conference hall. By 3:30 pm, most club leaders had entered and were busy decorating their club booths. At 3:50pm, the hall was brimming with students trying to buy their raffle tickets and enjoying the delicacies provided by different clubs.
There were around forty different club booths with forty different activities and goodies laid out for everyone to enjoy. They ranged from beautiful bookmarks adorned with calligraphy and a game of throwing trash balls to delicious Oreo milkshakes. Students scoured the rows of booths as sellers and as customers, the hectic atmosphere adding to the Christmas spirit that had already filled the conference hall. At 5:26 pm, students were given an extra treat when the KIS’s advanced dance team took to the stage and gave a tremendous dance performance. Under the dazzling spotlight, the dance team garnered a chorus of oohs and aahs with their moves, culminating in a thunderous applause and whistles. The visual feast continued after the dance performance ended as the long-awaited highlight of the day, KISTIVAL’s Next Top Model, began.
There were five teams with two models on each team with a total of five guys and five girls. Models were given twenty-five minutes to decorate and dress themselves in the most appealing manner to the audience. There were three teacher judges: Mr. Persaud, Ms. Chang, and Mr. Selbo. Both teachers and students were amazed by the confidence and poise with which the top models walked down the runway. Students even had the chance to enjoy photo time with the models in their special Christmas outfit.
As the intense excitement of the KISTIVAL’s Next Top Model ended, KISTIVAL’s closing event, the raffle prizes, began. The prizes this year for the raffles were iPad mini and Bluetooth headphones. Unlike previous year’s random selection, however, students were provided with a special hint for the number codes this year. When the raffle numbers were announced, there were screams of joy and groans of disappointment. Two very fortunate students jumped up and down with joy as they claimed their prizes.
T’was another merry KISTIVAL and a sincerely needed diversion for students who have been under four months of academic duress. Though the fun has ended, the students’ spirits remained high as Thanksgiving break was just around the corner. Thank you students and staff for successfully continuing the KISTIVAL tradition once again!
– Eunice Na (’17)