Holiday spirit alive and well at CEC

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Inside CEC – By Sarah Millman
Ever wonder how the Grinch stole Christmas? Now is your chance to find out.

CEC students who participated in the recent living Christmas tree event include, from left, Lidia Spina, Olivia MacPhee, Carla Arana, Idil Tasogul and Caroline Garcia.

The CEC track and field team is showing ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas' in the CEC AV room Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the CEC lobby from 3:10 to 4 p.m. today. The cost is $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

With popcorn and water on sale, and a huge screen airing this Christmas classic, it is the perfect holiday activity for the whole family! Doors open at 1 p.m.


CEC Wrestling is a force to be reckoned with, having achieved four podium finishes at the recent Hants West Middle School tournament.

Robert Goodwin took bronze in his weight class, while Mathew Rushton and Daniel Trenholm took silver in their respective categories, and Cassidy Gallagher brought home gold in her class.

The tournament was marked by outstanding performances from all 11 Cougars who attended, with the senior boys squad receiving the team title over 10 other schools.


To get students in the holiday season, CEC student council is putting on the Five Days of Christmas. Each day from Dec. 16 to 20 has a different theme with activities for students throughout the day. Monday was pajama day with a ‘living Christmas tree' contest at lunch for students to decorate their friends for a chance to win a prize. Tuesday, students were encouraged to dress their best for a fancy formal day, as well as having a chance to enter an eggnog-drinking contest during the lunch break.

Today is Christmas hat day, while Friday wraps up the week with red and green day and a talent show in the afternoon.


Free Zumba classes on Tuesdays and kickboxing on Thursdays are ongoing. Students and staff should make sure to take advantage of these opportunities to get fit.


The CEC IB class pulled together in November and early December for a fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines.

The group held a flea market, sold crafts and baked goods at the farmers' market, and did a coin drive within the school. Members set a goal of raising $2,000 and have currently surpassed it by another $250, a sum that will be doubled by the Canadian government's relief efforts.

It was also established that if the student body was able to raise $2,000, Mr. Andrew MacNiell, a history teacher at the school, would allow his beard to be shaved as incentive for the cause. The $2,250 dollars raised means his beard will be shaved in front of the whole student body at the Dec. 21 talent show.


The CEC Wall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held in the CEC gymnasium Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m. Four inductees had an incredible impact on the local community in athletics, so come out and honour them this week.

The CEC girls and boys basketball teams are hosting an alumni game on Dec. 21 at CEC. The boys hit the court at 6 p.m., and the girls at 8 p.m., so come out and see our Cougars, past and present!

Sarah Millman is a Grade 12 student at CEC. She lives in Truro. Her Inside CEC column appears regularly in the Truro Daily News.


Organizations: Hants West Middle School, CEC student council, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Philippines, Truro

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