Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fall Festival: Spirited, Sisterly Competition Notre Dame High Celebrates Favorite

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fall Festival: Spirited, Sisterly Competition Notre Dame High Celebrates Favorite

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Class spirit took an unusual twist this year in the traditional competition for Fall Festival Favorite at Notre Dame High School.

Each of the four classes nominated its candidate to run for Fall Festival Favorite as part of October's annual Fall Festival. Taking part in the competition is a badge of class spirit and unity.

Students vote for their favorite by selling raffle tickets, dance tickets, drink cups, colored leis and entries for the festival's walk/run. The competition is stiff but friendly - an amiable class war.

Notre Dame development director Susan Rothweil said, "It's really important to the senior class to win each year. They really work hard."

This year's nominees were senior Colleen Schrappen, junior Amy Foristel, sophomore Rebecca Hennekes and freshman Amy Fuchs.

Colleen's class had its own tradition of coming in last for the three previous years.

"I'm not sure why," she said. "We just couldn't get it together."

This year, the class again was struggling. Toward the end of the festival, the freshmen were coming on strong and were pulling ahead of the seniors.

But tradition prevailed this year. The seniors were the top sellers, and Colleen was crowned Fall Festival Favorite.

But tradition had a little help. In an unusual move, the junior class decided to insure the seniors' win by forfeiting their chance and turning over many of their sales to the seniors. It was a spontaneous effort and a bow to tradition, says Amy Foristel.

"When they needed the votes, everybody just started helping out, buying senior drink cups and things," Amy said. "Nobody really wants to see the seniors lose."

Winning the Fall Festival Favorite race is something seniors look forward to every year, both Colleen and Amy say.

"I think that the seniors are the leaders of the school," Colleen said. "Winning the Fall Festival is part of the excitement of senior year. …

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