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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Instructor First to Win National Award

Photo courtesy of CBMR

Rachel Hartman Honored with Top of the Course Award

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is proud to announce instructor Rachel Hartman was recently honored with a national award from The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). Hartman is the first-ever winner of the Top of the Course Award. This new award is given out to PSIA members who score in the highest percentile of skiing/snowboarding, teaching, technical knowledge, and who demonstrate exemplary willingness and ability to empower others to achieve success.
“PSIA has inspired me to push my limits to new heights and make the butterflies in my stomach fly in formation,” Hartman said. “I love sharing the passion [for skiing and instructing] with other members and passing it along to my guests. I am honored to receive this award, and can’t wait to see where else skiing can take me.”
Rachel grew up as an aspiring alpine ski racer in Alaska, collecting a gold medal at the Arctic Winter Games. All along, it was her goal to move to Colorado to become a ski instructor, and she is now in her fifth season as an instructor at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
“Year after year, the talent and passion of our Ski & Ride School Instructors continue to impress me,” exclaims Erica Mueller, Vice President of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. “With Dusty Dyar qualifying for the PSIA National Demo Team last spring and now Rachel Hartman receiving this award from her PSIA level III examiners, the resort couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments and what they bring as role models to the rest of the team.”
For guests interested in improving their skiing or riding, or for first-timers who want to pick up a new sport, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a wide range of lessons tailored to all ages and ability levels. By featuring some of the nation’s top ski instructors and emphasizing small class sizes, CBMR’s Ski and Ride School sets itself apart from other programs ensuring that participants get the most out of their day on the slopes.
To inquire about lessons, instructor availability and rates, guests may contact our Skier Services Department at 970-349-2211. With fresh snow and sunny days in the forecast, there is no better time to Inspire Your Passion.

Borick Scholars Weekend

Potential Mountaineers come to Western for a chance to earn scholarships through the Borick Innovation Project.

Staff Writer/ Grace Flynn

Prospective business students listen to a speaker. Photo by Grace Flynn

During the three day weekend of Feb. 17- 19, students were brought in from all over the nation to work together to create an idea and present it to faculty of the Borick Business building. This is the third year the event has been put on by the Business School.

“This year we had a total of 17 students attend this scholarship event, and this is the largest group we’ve had since starting. The question that they’re working to answer is ‘How might we reimagine the classroom experience to improve learning outcomes?’” said Annie Westbury, who was working the event.

Students started their weekend by learning some key ideas from Western professor Dr. Christopher Green during his Innovation Design Bootcamp Workshop. These ideas helped them to accomplish the task at hand, and allowed them to use their time to the best of their advantage.

A scholarship contender works on his project. Photo by Grace Flynn

“Steve Borick and Pete Sherman wanted to create a scholarship for the School of Business. We pitched to them the idea of the innovation weekend. We wanted to create something fun for students that was more than us just lecturing to them,” said Dr. Green.

The students are divided randomly into groups, and work together to design their project. The students have a full night to work to create a prototype to present to a board of judges. The next day, these creators present their ideas and then move on to preparing for individual interviews.

Working in the School of Business, these students also have a chance to talk and work with previous winners of this event. Current business and ICE students help to give these new students’ ideas to enhance their projects.

“During the last hour the group had to work, our project finally came together. It was a pretty stressful project but it was fun,” said Ashley Stewart, a business administration major with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, who attended this event – and won a scholarship last year.

The students recruited for this weekend need to have a 3.0 GPA at their current high school, received a 22 or higher on their ACT, and have applied and been accepted into Western.

If these students receive either first, second or third place on their group presentations, they will each receive a certain amount of money. The amount will differ for each place and for each event.

After the two days of hard working and scholarship earning, the students were given the chance to explore the valley by skiing at Crested Butte or cross country skiing with Wilderness Pursuits. Last winter, 80 percent of students who attended this event attended Western in the fall.


Western community begins to move mountains

Students and faculty showed up to SGA’s Inclusion Walk

Roberta Marquette-Strain / Senior Staff Writer

For the past two months, the Student Government Association (SGA) has been preparing for the Inclusion Walk to kick-off their new student-led program, Moving Mountains. The Moving Mountains Initiative aims to create a stronger community on campus by focusing on inclusivity and acceptance, while also challenging students to partake in tough conversations dealing with race, sexual orientation, and other topics.

The Inclusion Walk did just that.

Inclusion 4 – The crowd poses for a photo after the walk. Photo by Roberta-Marquette

Held in the Mountaineer Field House on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 22, around 100 students and faculty members showed up to stand for inclusion on campus. Following an introduction and explanation of Moving Mountains by SGA President Flynn Guerrieri, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Melanie Hulbert gave a speech focused on the importance of understanding one’s identity as well as accepting others’ identity. “Western, it is wise to see people for who they are, to acknowledge that people’s experience may be different than yours. It is wise to feel uncomfortable and push yourself into place, with people that look different than you, that speak different, that think different.”

Hulbert touched on her own experience with learning to push herself to be more understanding of others’ backgrounds and open to difficult conversations. She referred to herself as a “recovering racist.”

Inclusion 5 – Bobbie Hamblin signs her name to the One Western poster. Photo by Roberta Marquette-Strain

“I’m still trying to unlearn those messages that whether consciously or not, got deep into my brain as a little child,” Hulbert said honestly. “I’m still trying to learn what it means to think in a diverse and inclusive way.”

Hulbert ended her speech by asking the crowd what kind of ancestor they want be, and what legacy they want to leave behind for future Western students. For Hulbert, she hoped that the Inclusion Walk would set the foundation for the future of a more inclusive, diverse, and accepting campus.

When the time for the inclusion walk came, where the attendees walked twice around the track, Hulbert asked them to talk and walk beside someone they didn’t know and most importantly, didn’t look like them.

When discussing the purpose of the Inclusion Walk, Hulbert said, “(We will walk) to give expression to our desire that at Western, we will work everyday to fight hate and encourage open conversation about race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, political identity. We will walk because we are a community committed to inclusion and respect and that we will do anything we can to break down the walls or barriers that stand between us. That’s an inclusion walk.”

After the walk, the attendees got to have some fun on the inflatables SGA provided. Some students went head to head on an obstacle course while other, more daring students went for a ride on a mechanical bull.

Clubs like Spectrum, which is the LGBT+ group, and Program Council had booths at the event to talk to attendees about what their clubs do to support an inclusive campus.

Students Ethan Menzies and Ariana Sorensen were interested in the event because of its focus on inclusivity, but also to come together to help build a stronger community. “It’s an event that has meaning, and the goal is to get people together to create a better environment we want to live in,” Menzies said.

Sorensen agreed, adding, “I feel like this is a good step towards making progress.”

SGA member Ashley Nguyen was required to come, but said she would have come anyway if she wasn’t a part of SGA to meet new people and help set the foundation for a more inclusive campus. Nguyen is also a member of the Asian Pacific Islanders club, which is associated with the Multicultural Center (MCC). For her, inclusion is incredibly important, and she has had personal experiences of being excluded, “I went to an all-white high school, so growing up I always felt not included, and honestly not important. But coming here and starting fresh and being a part of the MCC, I feel like I belong and have a place on campus. I’m very excited to see what (Moving Mountains) will do.”

Inclusion 7 – Members of the Pathfinder magazine painted a mural during the event. Photo by Roberta-Marquette

Following the impressive turnout for the event, Guerrieri is looking forward to what comes of the program in the future, and hopes to see it continue for many years to come.  

The Inclusion Walk was considered successful by the SGA members, but they recognize that this is just the first step. In her own speech, Hulbert acknowledged this as well, and pushed the students to continue to lend their voices to fight discrimination, color blindness, and so on. Because before the Western community can move mountains, they have to move stones first.

Transportation Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Students in Southwest Colorado ride buses across the state to get to their sporting events.  Business owners travel miles and miles on our highways to haul goods and visit other regions. Tourists depend on safe roads to drive to our scenic towns. Moms and dads are spending more and more time on the road just to get to and from work.

While Colorado’s population has grown by 53 percent since 1990, highway lane miles have grown by just two percent. At the state legislature, everyone seems to agree that we need to do something about Colorado transportation, but the solutions differ. Some legislators are pushing the conversation toward bonds, while others have focused on new revenue.

Bonds can be an important tool, but we have to make sure we can pay back that debt. The problem with bonds is that without a clearly identified funding stream to pay off the bonds, we could end up robbing our schools to pay for our roads. Club 20, a collection of businesses and communities on the Western Slope, has made it clear that they will not support bonding legislation unless there is a dedicated source of revenue to pay for it.

A gas tax has been recommended as a revenue stream to pay for projects and maintenance. The gas tax, which has been set at 22 cents since 1991, makes up the largest portion of revenue from within the state.  

Unfortunately, changes in vehicles have made this tax less fair and less uniform in effect. The popularity of alternative fuel vehicles in the city means that drivers who depend on more traditional vehicles for agricultural and industrial work end up paying more. A Prius and an old Dodge pickup both tear up the roads they use, but only one of the drivers is really picking up the bill.

Some transportation gurus offer up a more precise road usage tax. This would involve collecting data and information about every driver’s habits in the state. Without a 24/7 GPS transmitter in every vehicle you can’t discount out-of-state miles, and that’s obviously an issue for Durango. But such a system raises serious privacy concerns.

An increase in the state sales tax may provide a reliable revenue source that doesn’t leave rural Coloradans paying more for less. But sales taxes are regressive, meaning they hit low-income families the hardest. And we must consider the impact this could have on our businesses and tourism industry.

If and when we have to vote on a new source of transportation funding, we will have to weigh all the costs and benefits of our different options. Bonds, the gas tax, and sales tax have to be understood not just in terms of what they do, but how they work in relation to each other.

We need dependable transportation funding so that we can address our broad array of needs. It’s not just about highways and safe shoulders for mountain roads, but about bike paths and public transit. We need the kinds of transportation that give people access to jobs and make our choices more sustainable for the environment.

I’m interested in what you think!

Kierstin Bridger: A Contemporary Writer

Poet comes to Western to discuss her work

Kennedy Sievers/Senior Staff Writer

Kierstin Bridger after her poetry reading. Photo by Kennedy Sievers.

One line of Kierstin Bridger’s poetry reads, “Stepping out into the wild, the river talks too.” The river talks, and Kierstin Bridger helps it. Bridger, a Colorado native, came to read her poetry on Feb. 23, 2017 in the West Wing of Western’s library.

Bridger has published two collections of poetry: All Ember and Demimonde. Both collections came out in 2016. Among other accolades, she won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and the 2015 ACC Writer’s Studio Prize, is the editor of Ridgway Alley Poems, and has poetry in several anthologies.

Many people turned up for her poetry reading on Feb. 23 and her craft talk on Feb. 24. She read excerpts of poems from both of her books, including poems such as “Manifest,” “Caretaking,” “Demimonde,” and “Hey, You There.”

Bridger talked about her roots in Colorado, specifically Buena Vista, Telluride, and Ridgway, where she currently lives.

She also discussed the themes of her two books. All Ember leans towards the autobiographical, whereas Demimonde is a collection of persona poems focusing on prostitution in the early days of mining towns like Telluride and Aspen.

During her explanation of her writing processes and inspirations, Bridger focused on the ideas of passions; some of hers are giving voices to the voiceless and women’s issues. She said she feels Demimonde centers around those passions, and encouraged other writers to find their own obsessions and write to them.

Bridger came to Western as a part of the Contemporary Writer Series, which is hosted by the English department. Throughout the semester, the Writer Series hosts a variety of contemporary authors who read and discuss their work, which is free for students and the community to attend.

Watch out for future writers coming to Western this semester as a part of the Contemporary Writer Series!


CASTING CALL Western film student need actors for their short fictional films to be produced this February and March.

Film students need several young adult men and women actor for their narrative films being produced late February through March.  Students’ original scripts involve subject matter that ranges from coming of age, self-reflective, existentialist narratives to a not-so-innocuous crime mystery.

“We’re seeking several 18 to 32 year old actors, or those that want to be actors, willing to act in a film and take direction from one of our talented young filmmakers.  No experience necessary, though if you have acting experience, we’d sure appreciate it.” said Lucido.  There is no compensation involved, just good experience to be gained.

CASTING CALL dates are Tuesday February 21st 3:30-4:30 PM and Wednesday February 22nd 6:00-7:00 PM.  Both of these casual, come as you are, audition sessions will be held in 118 Taylor Hall on the campus of Western State Colorado University.  No monologue or other audition preparation is necessary.  Please come join us.

More information on Western’s film program:


Moving Mountains initiative hopes to bring students together

The student led program aims to promote inclusion and diversity

Roberta Marquette-Strain

The Western community has recently been making strides toward creating a safe and inclusive campus for everyone. One campus-wide program aims to promote these ideas by encouraging students to partake in conversations concerning race, sexual orientation, and other such topics.

The Moving Mountains initiative is a student led program created by members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and will be launching later this month. “We want everyone to feel welcomed and safe at Western, and to do that students have to understand what is going on with one another,” said SGA Flynn Guerrieri. “(Moving Mountains) will provide a place for students and faculty to talk about things that are difficult while feeling safe and comfortable.”

The idea for a program that promotes inclusivity came at the beginning of the school year. Terri Houston, a visiting speaker, had inspired the SGA to create a program that allows all students to feel welcome. Due to busy schedules, launching the Moving Mountains initiative was postponed. It was an incident in December involving discriminatory hate speech made by a student that reignited the program, reminding the students that Western is not exempt from these type of events and that there is still work to be done to create an accepting and understanding campus.

Moving Mountains hopes to achieve that by engaging in conversation with students. The program will host monthly meetings for people to attend to get their voices heard in a judgement free zone. The meetings will be open to people who feel isolated or want voice their concern about how they are being treated, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about the hot-button topics and how they can approach them. “It’s a place where everyone is welcome and can express their opinions while learning at the same time,” Guerrieri explained.

The exact meeting times are still being planned, but to get the conversation starting, the program will be hosting an Inclusion Walk on Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m. in the Field House. The event will allow students to learn more about Moving Mountains and will also showcase speakers, displays, and have games that are all focused on the idea of inclusion and diversity. Dean of Students Gary Pierson said that the event will “demonstrate the cohesiveness of our community and the support for it.” Guerrieri mentioned that she feels the event will begin to build a stronger community and is looking forward to seeing how the campus comes together for this event and beyond.


Western student body leads diversity sit in

Students brought their concerns about diversity and inclusivity to Dr. Salsbury

Marisa Cardin / Senior Staff Writer

On Feb. 2, at 3:30 in the afternoon, twenty-three students met at the lobby of Taylor Hall. Some held signs, while others brought only themselves. All of these students held on to a message of diversity that they hoped to spread to the rest of Western.

Following the allegations of the Jackson National Life Insurance Company Lawsuit, Jodie Howard, junior, scheduled a meeting with President Salsbury to discuss diversity and go over the open letter that the student body had written shortly following these allegations. “President Salsbury, your responses to multiple discriminatory events in Western’s recent history have been inadequate, absent, or tactless,” the letter read. “Last year, the administration’s stubborn and muffled reaction to the threatening posts on Yik Yak, a public social media forum, disheartened us. The silence from your own office, President Salsbury, after the hate crime that occurred in Colorado Hall last December, disturbed us. Most recently, your statement regarding the allegations filed against your previous employer, Jackson National Life, disgusted us; it was impersonal, lacking sympathy, and merely highlighted your own success rather than recognizing and taking responsibility for the damage that was done regardless of your own involvement. This is unacceptable.”

Madison Manning, one of the students who had organized the silent sit in, originally intended to be held right outside Dr. Salsbury’s office, encouraged the gathering students to exhibit peace and kindness, in order to more efficiently spread the message of diversity. A few minutes after everyone had arrived, the group of students moved in solidarity and silence down to Mad Jack’s, where they were to meet with Dr. Salsbury. Though the president was unaware of the amount of students he would soon be meeting with, he made it clear that he was thoroughly enjoying the discussion that followed. Upon Dr. Salsbury’s arrival to Mad Jacks, the peaceful protestors, who had been silently sitting until then, stood and proudly showed off their signs. “Diversity isn’t a game. Discrimination isn’t a joke,” one read. Another stated, in big red letters, “Equating race, sexuality, gender, and ethnicity is wrong and delegitimizes the experience of minorities.” The students remained silent as Dr. Salsbury moved through the crowd, taking his time to read each and every sign. By this point, about thirty students were gathered together, with more students approaching curiously as they moved through the University Center.

For the next few minutes, Howard and Dr. Salsbury sat at a nearby table, to discuss the student body’s open letter. The students remained quietly sitting around them. The crowd continued to gather, even drawing employees from Mad Jack’s and the Bookstore out to see what was happening. By 4pm, only thirty minutes after the sit in had started, there were nearly forty people there.

“I really appreciate this conversation,” Dr. Salsbury said right away. Soon after he arrived, students began calling out their own questions and concerns about diversity at Western. One of the biggest concerns that was addressed was the recent hate crime at Colorado Hall, as well as an incident of cyber bullying that occurred last year over Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging board. Dr. Salsbury said that, regretfully, it was hard to monitor things happening over social media. “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…we would need a much larger staff to be able to monitor it 24/7,” he said.

When a student asked if he could comment more about the alleged statements made during his time at Jackson National, Dr. Salsbury said: “Those attributions of what I said are wrong, they’re false, and they didn’t happen. It’s allegations, and that’s all I can say on it.”

Students also voiced their concerns about the lack of professors of color at Western, and Dr. Salsbury agreed, asking students to feel free to bring their ideas of how to increase the diversity of faculty. “We can’t hire who won’t apply,” he reminded them, stating that, although he would like to have more people of color teaching at Western, professors of color must first apply.

Tukano Salat, Junior, raised her hand and stated simply: “I want to know how you’re going to approach diversity.”

“We’re [increasing diversity of faculty] by approaching the front range,” Dr. Salsbury responded. “And that’s helping. But I think it would be good to have a student subcommittee to deal with the diversity of students. We’ve already had great success on improving the diversity of our student body,” he added.

The conversation eventually led to Jenny Cirkovic, junior, asking Dr. Salsbury, “What are you going to take away from this?”

Dr. Salsbury thought for a moment. “I believe that there are two races of people,” he said, “the decent and the indecent. It’s important to give equal opportunities to everyone. I believe that color blindness and race blindness are important.”

Madison Manning immediately responded to this. “That delegitimizes the experiences of minorities,” she said. “You can’t be colorblind because we aren’t all treated equally in this country.”

“The most important thing I can learn about you is your value,” Dr. Salsbury responded. “What’s most important is how your background, culture, and ethnicity affect your values. Values trump all, in my view.”

Unfortunately, President Salsbury had to cut the meeting short in order to pick up his daughter from school. “We’re not always going to agree,” he addressed the student gathered. “But I can assure you, my intentions are good. To a degree, Western has some issues, but I don’t want that to be the only thing we focus on,” he said. “I will always do my best to share with you what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I don’t need this job. I’m letting you know my personal commitment to being here.”

“We will keep coming back and voicing our opinions,” Howard replied. With that, the President left, and the students remained to mingle around Mad Jack’s and discuss the sit in with each other.

After the sit in, a number of students were interviewed about the goals of the protest. Jay Ytell, a junior and member of SGA, had been at the sit-in since the group originally met in Taylor Hall. “Western stands for inclusivity and diversity, and every student is valued,” he said, when asked why he wanted to attend the sit in. “We want to show this to the administration and hope they follow in our footsteps.”

Jodie Howard had similar thoughts. “I’ve been on student council for three years, and there’s a lot of things on campus that aren’t heard,” she said. “There’s a lot of things that are brushed under the rug, and there’s a lot of problems that students are afraid to vocalize because of the power structure. We need to be able to have a free-speaking student body and be able to work towards what we believe in without things being brushed under the rug. When we had hate crimes on campus, not many students knew about it. I want everyone to feel just as important every day that they’re here, as important as the highest power on campus.”

When asked how she felt the meeting went, Howard said: “I feel like Dr. Salsbury didn’t really hear us, so I’m interested to see what’s going to happen in the future, and we’ll be able to tell by the actions that are taken from here on out. If we don’t see action made and if we don’t feel heard, we will definitely have more meetings like this.”

In a student-wide email, Dr. Salsbury later invited student to participate in an open forum with him and other faculty on Feb. 16, during which students could address more of their concerns.

On Monday, Feb. 6, the Western Faculty Senate passed a statement on diversity and inclusion:

“Western State Colorado University takes a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry, and creative expression. We believe these principles are necessary for the free and open inquiry that defines our role as a public institution in a democratic society. We believe that these principles are a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation.  The university welcomes people of color, people with disabilities, people of all genders and orientations, people of all religious preferences, immigrants and refugees regardless of national origin or ethnicity and other underrepresented communities regardless of socioeconomic class. We actively seek to build a civil and respectful culture which affirms these principles in all that we do.”

The purpose of this statement was to assure students of the safety they should feel in and around campus, and of the importance of inclusivity, regardless of any differences between people.


Coming together for the environment

MEM program hosts panel discussion

Jeremy Wallace / Staff Writer

Coldharbour Institute executive director Suzanne Ewy discusses the important role of non profits in environmental action at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colo. during a panel discussion Wednesday, January 18.

The Master in Environmental Management Program at Western hosted a panel discussion Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the University Center ballroom. The panel was comprised of local experts in the fields of energy, public lands, agriculture, and more, with over 16 speakers in total. Titled “United with Our Environment: where we are now, the new administration, and the future,” topics discussed by speakers tied in to the current change in political climate and what it means for the future of environmental policy and activism.

“We wanted to create a space where we could have constructive conversations around what the environment meant for us and our community,” said MJ Pickett, MEM student and event organizer.

A small group engages in discussion at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colo. during a Master in Environmental Management panel discussion Wednesday, January 18.

The ballroom was nearly full with Western students, members of the local community, and those interested in environmental happenings. The night opened with refreshments and a panel introduction by Gillian Rossi before the audience split into different tables by topic.

“These discussions are great to bring us together; I like seeing my community all in one place,” said MEM student Phil Keim.

Attendees had the opportunity to converse with experts in specific fields, and engage with one another in a constructive, educational setting. In addition to bringing everyone up to speed, solutions to current problems were pondered and ideas shared, along with a few light hearted political jokes.

“I was curious about the conversations that would be happening, especially after the election,” said ENVS student Jared Cohn. “It was interesting to hear what people think might happen.”

The night concluded with a representative from each table presenting their key discussion points to the group as a whole, and a standing ovation from Coldharbour Institute executive director Suzanne Ewy, “You students are the future; we will be alright.”

The MEM program has plans to continue with similar discussions, along with a film series and other events. Check the calendar at for more information.

Skating into spring semester

Peer Academic Leaders hosts free skate for Western students

Grace Flynn/Staff Writer

Western’s Peer Academic Leaders (PALS) hosted a free night of skating for students to get some time to relax, and enjoy a fun weekend with friends before the busy semester starts. All around campus, posters were put up to advertise this event and what it involved.

On Friday Jan. 20, Western students filled the local ice rink (Jorgensen Event Center) with music and laughter.

The DJs for the night were Dawid Konieczek and Canyon Mueller. They kicked off the event with fun tunes that everyone could groove to. Students who chose not to put skates on their feet stood along with Konieczek and Mueller, dancing and singing along with the music. They performed music that was exciting and filled the ice rink.

The PALS provided pizza for the crowd after the game, enough for 150 students, ending the night with only scraps. More than 150 students attended this event, causing the rink to rent out all of the skates in stock.

“We were expecting that students would just come after the (hockey) game, but we had ordered enough pizza for about 150 people,” said Brian Cole, Study Abroad Advisor & Ambassador for the PALS, who was also skating along capturing students on the ice with a video camera.

Students of all skating levels attending the event, and even though some people lost their balance, they had the support of everyone around them to help them get the hang of it.

By the end of the night, right around 11 p.m., participants were given a chance to show off their sick dance moves on the ice. The DJs were the judges for the dance moves and the winners left with special prizes in their pockets.

Well-fed and with the exciting music still ringing in their ears, students left the ice center with smiles on their faces.