The spring 2018 semester has officially come to a close. Here is a review on the last two months of an incredible semester.
Lip Sync Battle
Based on the popular television show, students gathered in The Bistro to watch some of their classmates show off their (fake) singing capabilities. From High School Musical to Fergie, students performed lip sync routines to create one of the most hilarious nights of the semester. Pegasus took home the gold with a Hamilton anthem.
University of Evansville's Grant Burnett giving a stellar solo performance.
The Great British Bake-Off
This house competition was based on Britain's widely-viewed baking show. Each house had two hours to whip up a sweet treat for a panel of “celebrity judges.” House Newton took home the prize with a superb blackberry and lemon tart.
Costume Ball: Gatsby Style
The traditional Costume Ball was the bee’s knees this semester as students enjoyed a nice dinner and a night of dancing. They donned their bow ties and strings of pearls for a “Roaring Twenties” theme.
Madison Lewis and Sydney Livingston, all glammed up for the ball.
And the Oscar Goes To…
The last house competition of the semester was a film festival. Each house had 72 hours to write a script, shoot a short film, and make edits while including a specific prop and several pre-established lines. We premiered the films in The Refectory and presented several awards such as “Best Picture” and “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress.”
Dr. Joanne Janssen’s Shakespeare class had to perform an excerpt from a Shakespeare play as their final for the course. Luckily, they invited the rest of the manor to watch! Students performed a hilarious portion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their Harlaxton community.
Our traditional Valedictory took place on 12 April, marking the symbolic end of the Harlaxton semester before the students took finals. Several faculty/staff members gave speeches, presented students with awards, and congratulated the Spring Class of 2018 on completing their time at Harlaxton.
Margee Kassel of Western Kentucky University delievers an inspiring student address.
Principal's Award: Christin Donahoe (University of Evansville). Sports Award: Brianna Gaulke (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). Photography Award: Kate Stern (Western State Colorado University). Music Award: Piper Rennerfeldt (University of Evansville). Essay Award: Maggie Sullivan (University of Evansville). Dean's Award: Celeste Campbell (Texas Woman's University).
And the Winners Are…
Congratulations to House Mercia for winning the golden key to the manor and being the house champions of the Spring 2018 semester! We have constantly been impressed with their spirit and dedication to house competitions.
Nico Brimberry and Luke Rowles proudly don their Mercia gear with the golden key. Brimberry and Rowles were also voted "Most House Spirit" by the student body.
We would also like to announce last place: House Pegasus! They took home the tokened Harlaxton symbol for coming in last–the wooden spoon. We do commend them for their fight and good humour.
Heidi Holgate and Ali Clark sport the wooden spoon.
As the final event of the semester, we held our “Big Breakfast” on the last night. Per tradition, faculty and staff served the students, except this semester, a friendly panda bear showed up to serve scrambled eggs. Students received their yearbooks, watched their semester video, and had one last time together.