Winners Announced for First Ugly Sweater Contest

Principal Kathie Acker and teacher Brian Dreher score points with the judges with a cacophony of colors that’s sure to turn heads.
Principal Kathie Acker and teacher Brian Dreher score points with the judges with a cacophony of colors that’s sure to turn heads.
A student decides his vote, but we think Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, center, and biology teacher John Karavias, have the right stuff.
A student decides his vote, but we think Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, center, and biology teacher John Karavias, have the right stuff.
The “admirable contender award” goes to Ms. Elmore, as she gets support from some of her students in the South Cafeteria.
The “admirable contender award” goes to Ms. Elmore, as she gets support from some of her students in the South Cafeteria.
The Slacker Sweater Award, which is defined as effort needs improvement goes to Mr. Miranda, left. He is joined by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Tobia. The Challenge is on!
The Slacker Sweater Award, which is defined as effort needs improvement goes to Mr. Miranda, left. He is joined by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Tobia. The Challenge is on!
With a pocket full of batteries, the Grand Slam Award (Best Use of Accessories) goes to Ms. Latko. From front to back she had students asking for photos everywhere she went.
With a pocket full of batteries, the Grand Slam Award (Best Use of Accessories) goes to Ms. Latko. From front to back she had students asking for photos everywhere she went.
Best Jingle Bells (Noisiest) went to Ms. Bunce as she epitomized what a contestant in an ugly sweater should look like.
Best Jingle Bells (Noisiest) went to Ms. Bunce as she epitomized what a contestant in an ugly sweater should look like.
Left to right: teachers Thea Catalano, Kimberly Latko and Annmarie Bunce create a bundle of holiday cheer!
Left to right: teachers Thea Catalano, Kimberly Latko and Annmarie Bunce create a bundle of holiday cheer!
Serious campaigning paid off for Ms. Eastwood who is the First Place winner of the first annual Ugly Holiday sweater contest.
Serious campaigning paid off for Ms. Eastwood who is the First Place winner of the first annual Ugly Holiday sweater contest.

Walt Whitman Principal Ms. Kathie Acker files her official report of what will surely be an annual event: 

As you know yesterday was our first annual Ugly Holiday sweater contest.  I want to thank Mrs. Kenney, Mr. Milazzo and members of the leadership program for helping with the categories and distribution of the ballots.  I also would like to thank all of the staff members who participated and the students that judged, I know I had a really good time. And finally I would like to thank the accounting firm of Acker, Grady and Muller for compiling the results.

The winner of each group will receive a lovely prize which I ask that they pick up from my office by 12:00.

Though there were 5 official categories due to some interesting anomalies several other categories have been added.  These staff members will also receive prizes

An Honorable Mention award goes out to the staff member that received many votes in each category but not enough to win a category so the “admirable contender award” goes to Mrs. Elmore

An Honorable mention award goes out to a staff member whose class I entered first period and inquired why he was not decked out.   This award should really go to his first period class because when I left the room they sprang into action and decorated the teacher.  So the “I would be no where if it wasn’t for my wonderful students award” goes to Mr. Karavias

During the counting process a unique pattern appeared.  There were well over a hundred ballots with only this teacher’s name listed in every category.  So the "Busted the Ballot Box award" goes to Mr. Conroy.

Now for the original categories:

The Slacker sweater award which is defined as effort needs improvement goes to Mr. Miranda.  I am not sure if Mr. Miranda is capable of wearing lots of bling.  I am sure that the fact his tie lit up made him feel like he was over the top.  I think what really happened here was that as a result of wheeling his supply cart to his multiple classrooms announcing Vote for Miranda most likely resulted in him gaining the sympathy vote.  

Best Jingle Bells (Noisiest) went to a teacher that fared very well in all categories but handily won the Jingle Bells award.  Throughout the day, wherever I went in the building, staff and students said HAVE YOU SEEN BUNCE. Yes I saw Ms. Bunce and she epitomized what a contestant in an ugly sweater should look like.   

The So Ugly It is Cute (Too Pretty to be Ugly) award goes to a teacher that one would not normally use the term pretty when describing how he is dressed, especially none of his football players.  The winner of this category is Mr. Milazzo.  This just goes to show that whether it’s on or off the field Mr. Milazzo has an intense completive spirit.    

The grand slam award (Best Use of Accessories) goes to a teacher that was probably more excited than I was about this contest and I would venture to guess spent days and days planning, decorating, and gluing.  She even came to school yesterday armed with a glue gun so that she had the ability to respond to any ornament emergencies that might occur during the school day.  The winner of this category is Mrs. Latko. 

Hideously Ugly (Best Overall) Goes to a teacher that I really don’t think looked hideous but her election campaign was pretty intense.  I think if she could have placed an election yard sign on her property she would have.  I am not sure how many classrooms she personally entered attempting to garner votes but I would venture to guess that walked the equivalence of 10 miles to ensure EVERYONE saw her.  Well it paid off Mrs. Eastwood as you are the First Place winner of the first annual Ugly Holiday sweater contest.

Again I thank everyone that participated in this fun event.  I ask that all of the winning staff members report to my office to receive their amazing prizes by 12:00 PM

In closing I want to say that today and today only Santa hats are allowed to be worn.

I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy Holiday season and a prosperous new year. I will see you in 2015.  Please be safe

Kathie Acker

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