Hawkfest Aims to Impress

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This years hawkfest shirts located in the school store at north campus.

Thomas Miller, Reporter

On Friday, September 30th, Arrowhead High School’s DECA will be hosting the annual Hawkfest held in the main parking lot at North campus to raise money for awarenesses through a variety of activities, starting from 4 to 9pm.

The profits made at Hawkfest goes toward a variety of charities: G9 cancer research, MDA for kids who go to summer camp and need help, HAWS, and DECA to help pay for field trips and other expenses as well as the K9 unit.

Not only are Arrowhead students invited to the festival but their families, friends, teachers and neighbors are invited as well. The Arrowhead Warhawks will be taking on the Kettle Moraine Lasers at 7 pm at Taraska stadium. This is the night before homecoming for the Arrowhead students.

Hawkfest is run by Steve Melzeran Arrowhead business teacherall of his business classes and the members of DECA. Each student is required to work at least one shift during the festival according to DECA requirements. The classes and members of DECA are responsible of securing sponsorships to fund Hawkfest. All students will get four sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,000.

Business students are also required to sell five Hawkfest T-shirts. T-shirts are available at the Warhawk trading post (school store) for North campus students, and during the lunch hours for South campus students for $15 dollars. The DECA students have mandatory days, such as September 15th, where they are to wear the T-shirts to promote sales.

This festival includes a 40-yard dash contest, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, carnival games and inflatables. Food can be purchased at the event from Rocky Rococo’s, Culver’s, The Picinic Basket, Kona Ice and Piggly Wiggly.

A wristband lets the buyer on all rides except the rock climbing wall and is $15 dollars which includes five tickets. Tickets are on sale for 50 cents per ticket. There are T-shirts, water bottles, bucket hats, stadium chairs, and much more for sale.

Sports Entertainment and Marketing student and DECA member, Jenna Nielsen, says that the process of obtaining sponsorships is “frustrating and a lot of work.”

Nielsen says that Hawkfest is going to be “one of the best years yet.” Each year there are new rides and Nielsen says she’s most excited for Spike Ball, an interactive four player-game that involved hitting a ball back and forth on a net, and log rolling.

The profits made at Hawkfest goes toward a variety of charities: G9 cancer research, MDA for kids who go to summer camp and need help, HAWS, and DECA to help pay for field trips and other expenses as well as the K9 unit.

Arrowhead senior Tommy Durand says that he is “excited to attend his last Hawkfest,” and, “to watch Arrowhead crush Kettle Moraine in football.” Durand, along with many others will be taking advantage of the activity packed night.

Nielsen says, “I hope to see everyone there.”