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Students embrace Christmas decorating

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Mrs. Diane Gimpel
A decorated Christmas tree stands in the first floor west hallway, thanks to Archbishop Carroll’s parents association.

Throughout Archbishop Carroll, shiny tinsel garlands and multi-colored string lights sparkle from the ceilings, evergreen wreaths with red bows hang from windows, walls, and doors, and Christmas trees bearing silver, gold, red, green and blue ornaments stand in the hallways.

Students seem to enjoy the decorations.

“I am happy to see all the spirit of my last year,” said senior Ruthie Kozak. “It makes the year go by a little bit faster seeing everyone excited.” 

Most of the decorations bedecking the halls have been placed there by the school’s parents association, but they soon will be joined by a student-driven decorating effort. Underway now is the homeroom door decorating contest run by the student council. The contest, which will result in one homeroom winning hot chocolate, donuts, and bragging rights for have the best decorated door, has gotten students involved in the school’s holiday spirit.

“I have asked my friends to see if they want to bring decorations in to help our homeroom win,”  senior Gabriella Breault said.

As homerooms work on Christmas decorations, the holiday draws near, and the end of the second quarter and the second semester will follow soon after. Principal William Gennaro urged students in his Dec. 1 Patriot Post to use the time before the Christmas break to reflect on their work and behavior during the first semester. 

“I would encourage students to take time in these few weeks to reflect on the first part of their year, what has gone well, what they may have struggles with, and try to tweak their plans to make the next part of their year even more successful,” Mr. Gennaro wrote.

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Mrs. Diane Gimpel is the faculty moderator of The Carroll Times. Mrs. Gimpel has taught students English Language Arts at Archbishop John Carroll High School since the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, Mrs. Gimpel is the moderator of the school's yearbook, Legacy. Mrs. Gimpel earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a master of education degree from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to teach secondary English and secondary social studies. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Gimpel was a newspaper reporter. She covered criminal and civil courts and politics in Bucks and Montgomery counties for The Intelligencer of Doylestown, PA, and The Morning Call of Allentown, PA, as well as local government for The Bucks County Herald of Lahaska, PA. She also has written a number of books for young readers.

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