SPARTA, NJ – Winter postponed Winterfest for Sparta High School students until Thursday.  The student council members and members of the Find the Courage organized activities to break the mid-term stress. The varsity cheerleaders and advisors Lynn D’Amelio and Angela Deluccia kept the energy up and the events moving along.

 Shacappella performed a rockin’ ‘90’s Break Up Medley. Chorus director Laura Lopez said “the kids requested to sing 90’s music.”  Their program included music by N’Sync, TLC, Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls.   

The classes battled through a series of hard core competitions beginning with musical chairs, moving to a tug of war and then the inaugural tricycle race.  Winterfest culminated in with volleyball; the semifinal round pitting the Juniors against the Seniors.  The victors went on to play the teachers.

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For the record:

Senior Jalen Cyrus won the musical chairs after being “cheated from a win last year.”

Much to the dismay of the seniors, the juniors beat the freshmen in the final round of tug of war.

Getting things back on track, senior Devin Balasco won the tricycle race, though it was a bicycle by the time he crossed the finish line. 
When asked the secret of his success, Balasco said, “Training, I never stopped training, since I found out I was doing this three weeks ago. I trained for all circumstances- the wheels come off and I keep going.”

To be able to play in the volleyball game, students had to donate a toy or $5 to the Center for Prevention.  The teams played round robin tournaments in they physical education classes.  Seniors and juniors played in the semifinals during the Winterfest.  The seniors played in the final match, losing to the teachers.

“Thank you Student Council and Find the Courage seniors for WinterFest '19,” D’Amelio and Deluccia said. “Coming together as a whole building in one area is a big deal, and takes many steps to get there so that students are all safe and having fun.”

“Winterfest is a great demonstration of Sparta High School spirit and the fact that it is done in conjunction with the Center For Prevention and Counseling to collect presents for children in need truly show what our students are all about,” Principal Ronnie Spring said.  

Deluccia and D’Amelia said, “Thank you for that staff that was in the event such as Laura Lopez and Shacappella, teachers helped with managing staff and bringing in equipment, Kandace Pollison with her cheerleaders and the teachers that played volleyball: Frank Marchiano, Derek Hall, Michael Tobin, Dan Trappe, Caitlin Jozefczyk, Dan Trappe, Brandon Mefford and James Phillips.”

The Shacappella singers are: Elizabeth DeGasperis, Julia Kadar, Lindsey Paradiso, Suvaani Ranasinghe, Olivia Canova, Kaitlyn Verney, Alivia Winslow, Emma Mac, Laurel Ferguson, Tessa Gori, Georgia Paraskos, Liam Rust, Evan Oleynik, Akshat Iyer, Lorenzo Rendina, Scott Riley and Alexander Papandrikos.

They will be competing in the quarterfinals for the Varsity Vocal national a cappella competition ICHSA on January 18.