By Ally van Deuren

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Stanton Calendar is back for its third annual competition among Chadwick students!
Stanton Calendar is a 25-day holiday adventure open up to any students up for the challenge. Students are asked to post pictures on the Stanton Calendar website, created by Omar Qazi, that relate to the theme of the day.
Stanton Calendar was officially made a Chadwick tradition by senior Nicole Stanton during the December of her freshman year.
She originally aimed to spread holiday spirit amongst twelve of her best friends by creating a paper calendar with a special holiday event for each day of December leading up to Christmas.
Once Qazi got wind of this calendar, he moved quickly and decided to make a website and go commercial.
Stanton comes up with the themes for each day, which get posted on the website at midnight.
Students can then begin brainstorming and posting pictures individually or in a group that relate to the theme of the day. Examples of themes include “Make a Snowman,” “Take a Bubble Bath,” and “Perform a Random Act of Charity.” Qazi maintains the website and all of its pictures.
There are many changes to look forward to during this holiday season’s Stanton Calendar competition.
This year, Stanton explains that she is helping Qazi out with the commercial aspects of the competition more so than in previous years.
Since Qazi usually makes a good deal of money from advertising, all proceeds will be going to charity this year. Stanton and Qazi are also taking requests for events that inspire creativity.
“There’s been a lot of controversy in the past about who’s won,” said Stanton, “so this year we are making stricter rules.”
She explained that in order to win, one must not only participate in all events, but he or she must also produce creative pictures that coincide with the theme of each day.        “Last year, it was based on completing the tasks,” said sophomore Moises Valencia, who is participating in this year’s competition with sophomore Peter Biedenweg, “[but] it’s a lot more competitive this year.”
Stanton also explained that there is an emphasis on being appropriate during this competition, as this has been an issue of concern in the past two years.
Another new thing to look forward to on the website is an instructional video to inform all participants of Stanton Calendar of logistical issues.
Most students agree that Stanton Calendar is the hub of cultural life on campus during the holiday season.
Junior Ben Gorman loves to see “the way [the students] interpret the different tasks. It puts the school in the Christmas spirit.”
Stanton agrees wholeheartedly with Gorman.
“I think it’s a fun thing people look forward to,” Stanton said. “It’s a stressful time of year for many of us, and [Stanton Calendar provides] one silly thing a day that will help that.”
Both Stanton and Qazi will collaborate during Winter Break to decide the winner of the competition.
To view students’ pictures or submit your own pictures, visit http://www.stantoncalendar.com.

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