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Miguel Montoya is a junior at Cedar Ridge who pitched the idea for Red Wolf Day to his teacher.

 

The first-ever Cedar Ridge High School (CRHS) Red Wolf Day on Thursday featured carnival games, cornhole tournaments, prizes, ice cream and charity fundraisers. Behind it all was one student.

“I noticed that other schools were doing events like this and I also noticed that school spirit had really gone down at Cedar Ridge since my freshman year,” Miguel Montoya, a junior at Cedar Ridge who originally came up with the idea for Red Wolf Day, said. “I pitched the idea to my first block class and my teacher told me it was a great idea and we all kept working on it. Everyone’s having a really good time today I think.”

Montoya and a group of other students made a presentation of their idea and showed it to school administration. The result of the presentation was a group of teachers and the school’s principal, Intisar Hamidullah, coming together with the students to bring the idea to fruition.

“We just want to say ‘hey, it’s been a great year and we appreciate everything you are doing and that you’ve worked to do — academically, socially and mentally — this year,’” Hamidullah said. 

The event followed the school’s Decision Day 2019, when the school’s 212 seniors announced their college, career and life choices following graduation. The second annual Cultural Arts Signing Day also took place on Thursday morning, recognizing 12 CRHS seniors who will be studying the arts after graduation.

“Dr. Wirt challenged us to do the Decision Day,” Hamidullah said. “This day’s entire focus is honoring and celebrating all seniors and all of their post-secondary choices — including college but not limited to college.”

The Red Wolf Day carnival event kicked off with inflatables in the school gym, an escape room, an indoor cornhole tournament, volleyball, a piñata station and a prize system that allowed students to earn tickets from different game stations and then “purchase” carnival prizes.

The games and prizes were all donated by RSVP Events, and Maple View Farms also donated ice cream for students to purchase for a fundraiser.

Halfway through the event, CRHS Teacher Allison Eaton had her head shaved in the gym to encourage donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the goal of raising funds for childhood cancer research and treatment.

“This is the third time I’ve shaved my head for donations,” Eaton said. “As of right now, we’ve raised over $2,200 for St. Baldricks through CRHS students, teachers and public. A big theme this year at our school was helping others.”

Montoya said that, next year, he hopes Red Wolf Day will be an even more popular event at CHRS, and that freshmen and sophomores will also be able to attend.

“I just want this to hopefully improve,” he said. “I want this to be a new tradition and a new idea that Cedar Ridge can continue.”