Written by Tappy Lung
On Friday, December 15th, Staten Island Technical High School held its annual Winter Wonderland. At 6pm, students and their parents arrived in their pajamas to the Salvatore Eretto Auditorium to watch the talent show.
The show began with Andrew Shamailov singing “This Town” on guitar, and ended with Samantha Samy and Dilara Portelli singing “All I Want for Christmas” with a humorous twist. Every act in between displayed talents from singing, dancing, playing instruments, and even twirling flags. “It’s more like throwing up a six foot pole and attempting to catch it just right,” explained Jacquelyn Chin, a member of the color guard, “It wasn’t a perfect performance but it was more about doing what I love and getting to show everyone else.” Samantha Samy, another performer, also described a similar experience: “I can’t imagine any way the show could’ve been more enjoyable.”
Following the talent show, guests headed to the cafeteria filled with food and games. With the help of Mr. Whalen, video games lined the entire back wall of the cafeteria. While some competed in Mario Kart, others played intense games of Giant Jenga and Giant Bananagrams while sipping frozen hot chocolate sold by the National Honor Society. Another popular activity was the “make your own ornament” station. Guests crowded around the table, filling their clear ornaments with beads, fake snow, and glitter. Many guests also visited the photo booth to take pictures with friends in holiday themed hats, headbands, and signs.
At around 8pm, guests started to head up to the first floor gym to watch a showing of Home Alone. “Nothing gets me more into the holiday spirit than watching a classic holiday movie with my friends in my pajamas,” explained Jocelyn Chin.
From the beginning of the talent show to the end of Home Alone, Winter Wonderland was fun for everyone involved. As Julia Feldman put it, “It was an amazing experience to celebrate the holidays with my friends.”