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Bulldog Nation celebrates 30th birthday

Student Leadership hosts carnival for Bowie’s birthday on the day of the PSAT

CHEERING ON: Seniors Alexa Robinson and Taylor Bhuiyan cheer on Junior Hector Garcia as he bends back while playing limbo. The Bowie carnival consisted of many different games and activities which the students could participate in. “I thought the carnival was really fun time and a good way to relieve some stress,” Bhuiyan said. “It  brought Bowie students together despite our differences.”

Photo by: Preston Rolls

CHEERING ON: Seniors Alexa Robinson and Taylor Bhuiyan cheer on Junior Hector Garcia as he bends back while playing limbo. The Bowie carnival consisted of many different games and activities which the students could participate in. “I thought the carnival was really fun time and a good way to relieve some stress,” Bhuiyan said. “It brought Bowie students together despite our differences.”

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While the official 30-year anniversary was last year, the celebration of that momentous mark has carried through into this school year. Since all birthdays deserve a celebration, the Student Leadership group decided to plan and host a carnival for the afternoon of PSAT testing.

“We thought really hard about what the campus needs for a needs for a No Place For Hate (NPFH) activity, and having a carnival was chosen as our final decision,” senior Mary Tijerina said. “We are glad a lot of the students who participated in some of the activities a fun time.”’

Bowie’s Student Leadership members do their best to convey the message of No Place for Hate, by spreading kindness throughout Bowie and making sure all students feel welcomed.

“The No Place for Hate aspect of the carnival was really about coming together as a community, and trying to promote the message that nobody should be alone,” senior Jack Rainey said. “I’m so happy most of our great staff and student body were able to make it to the carnival.”

Photo by: Preston Rolls
DANCING DIAMONDS: Junior Camron Sneed and senior Jayla Gaines clap along to the beat of the song during MCAC’s performance at the end of the carnival. The MCAC club is all about accepting everyone of all origins, which correlates with the carnival’s focus on No Place for Hate. “Bowie’s 30th birthday was important because it shows how our staff and student boy has evolved so much over the years,” Sneed said. “It brings us together by celebrating the accomplishments we’ve made as a school over the years.”

The celebration itself took place after sophomores and juniors took the annual PSAT, when students went to their designated SEL sessions.

“The most difficult part of planning the whole event, was making sure everyone understood what was going on after the PSAT,” Rainey said. “Where to go at what time, what was being offered and especially what the SEL FIT sessions were.

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SINGING LOUD: Seniors Mary Tijerina, Katherine Hilton and junior Erin Rannefeld sing along to Mamma Mia at the karaoke station during the Bowie birthday party. The leadership students were responsible for certain booths placed around the courtyard. “We thought about what the Bowie campus needs for a NPFH,” Tijerina said. “The carnival was a great way to get every student involved and to have fun.”

At the party, the student leadership students set up numerous booths and games around the courtyard ranging from spikeball, baseball throwing and ring tossing.

“We all got together when planning the carnival to decide on what activities and games we wanted,” senior Taylor Bhuiyan said. “We wanted to make sure that we had games for everyone, so no one was left out.”

Photo by: Preston Rolls
MID-THROW Junior Payton Lord throws a ball towards a net at the baseball booth while junior Chloe Martin watches. Student’s were expected to show up to the carnival during their FIT SEL session. “I thought the whole carnival was very successful because everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,” Lord said. “Getting a break from school was much needed.”

One of the activities featured at the carnival was a dance performance by Bowie’s Diamonds and Pearls dance team, which is directly linked to the Multicultural Awareness Club (MCAC).

“Since we’ve danced at one of Bowie’s NPFH event’s already, we thought this would be a great opportunity to show off our new team,” MCAC Co-President Nyah Burnucho said. “Our club cares about all cultures, so we focus on respect and awareness.”

In the end, the carnival was geared towards giving students a fun break after a long day, and also showing students how important the implication of No Place for Hate is at Bowie.

“After the carnival we talked about how the staff and students both had a really fun time, which was our main goal,” Tijerina said. “We hope in the future we can keep this carnival as a tradition, since it’s a good break from the stress of the PSAT day.”

Photo by: Preston Rolls
BRIGHT SMILES: A group of freshman girls gather around the camera for a photo. The Yearbook setup a photo booth with a backdrop to match the theme for their upcoming book. “We decided to create the ‘Revere Room’ because we wanted our students to be familiar with the dream like experience that we are trying to convey in our book,” Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Sophie Bega said. “We also wanted to expand our presence on campus.”

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