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Sixteenth Annual Christmas Tree Challenge Winners Announced

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19 groups and clubs gathered in the Jean Yawkey Center Wednesday night, December 7, to join in a Christmas tree decorating contest. Hosted by Student Activities, students were able to decorate a tree to display their club with a $15 limit in supplies.

“We had to improvise with the money limit, so we made homemade ornaments,” said Kaela Caldwell ’18 who decorated the JYC Staff tree in ornaments bearing the names of all the JYC employees.

Using a variety of materials, concepts, and clever titles for their trees, each club produced an equally unique and impressive outcome.

“Our tree has a sea theme, even though we actually sail in the river,” said Julia Becker ’19 of EC Sailing Club. “Maybe one day we’ll get to the ocean.”

“We have such a colorful culture and we are trying to promote that in the tree,” Alejandra Lopez ’18 said while decorating her tree for H.U.E.L.L.A.S. decked out in bright colors and Latin American flags.

Bright colors were also used on EC Outspoken’s tree, cleverly named the Identitree.

“We were working with Outspoken’s education initiative to have ornaments with different terms on them,” said Julia Blois ’19. Terms such as bisexual, genderqueer, transgender, etc. were described on rainbow ornaments around the tree, alternated with a rainbow paper chain.

The Science Living Learning Community also had a paper chain, though their’s bared the letter “C” on each chain in order to represent a carbon chain.

Next to the SLLC tree was the Harry Potter Club tree, decorated in handmade props found in the books, such as wands, posters, and owls. Book covers created a tree skirt around the base of the tree.

Many members of the Commuter Advisory Board gathered to decorate their tree in MBTA ornaments and different modes of transportation.

“It’s a great way to expand on the commuter community and make Emmanuel our home even though we don’t actually live here on campus,” said Meloee Nazaire ’19 regarding the event.

Six judges were chosen to observe the tree decorating process and judge the final tree.

“A diverse group of faculty and staff were chosen to be the judges to be sure things were impartial,” said Kelli Connors, Assistant Director of Student Activities.

After a day of judging, the judges announced the winners via the Portal.

First place went to OUTspoken. Second place went to Chronic Illness Support and Awareness. Third place went to the Commuter Advisory Board.

The Most Creative Tree winner is Chronic Illness Support and Awareness. The Most Beautiful Tree winner is OUTspoken. The Most Sustainable Decor winner is Chemistry Club.

Trees will remain in the upper JYC until the end of the semester.

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Photo credit: Emma Graney ’19

Emma Graney ’19 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at

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