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The honor of being pied

By: Catie Staff [Staff Writer]

Every day, for the past few weeks, the morning announcements at MHS have been broadcasting the Annual Pie-In-The-Face contest. They’ve been pumping up the students and advising that they vote for their favorite teacher to receive a pie in his or her face to promote the National Honor Society.  Some teachers are beginning to wonder if throwing a pie in someone’s face is a mature way to show honor, but students still firmly believe that it is a smart way to have some fun.

On friday, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Wake, and Mrs. Johnson won the contest and were awarded with a delicious cool-whip pie. They each got a pie in the face at the pep-rally assembly in the gym. It was a time of perfectly harmless fun, and senior, Cory Skold doesn’t feel any concern about the way the Honor Society celebrated. “As long as it’s in good fun, we shouldn’t do anything to change it. Students have as much risk as teachers. As long as it’s not spiteful, I don’t see anything wrong with it,” he explained. In fact, most students at MHS enjoy teasing their teachers about getting a pie.

Many teachers aren’t averse to it. A week before he received a pie, Mr. Ferguson stated that he had never been “pied” and almost seemed disappointed. His wish came true! For most, it is a sign of affection and a time to show how much positive interaction students and teachers can have.

But the feedback from faculty is not completely supportive. Madame Knepper feels like the school should invent a more ethical and proper way of gaining support for the Honor’s Society. “I think there could be a more creative way to fundraise. I don’t think that throwing a pie or receiving one is in any way honorable. It goes against what Honor Society stands for and what we’re doing in the mentor program.” It’s true that too much competition can get out of hand, but the campaigning quieted down this season.

Since the beginning, the school has created unusual and diverse ways to raise money for causes and inspire camaraderie among students. The National Honor Society states their purpose on their website, www.nhs.us.  “The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”

The Annual Pie-In-The-Face contest should not be seen as a mockery of honor and propriety, but as a sign to everyone that studious young adults can celebrate absurdity in life while maintaining an easy relationship with their teachers.

Cory Skold, senior, gets ready to pie Mr. Ferguson.
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    Michelle StaffMar 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’m not letting Catie take credit for my stunning compliment to her, so I’ll change the name in the box this time.
    I still say,” Well Done!”

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    Lillian MeyerFeb 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Great job, Catie!

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    Catie StaffFeb 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Well done!

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    Catie StaffFeb 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    First powwow I ever wrote! Yay!

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