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Warde Day turns high school's typical day inside out

For senior Lily Nevins-Perle, Friday was a day of options, as Fairfield Warde High school staged Warde Day 2014.

"There's so many different activities," she said. "If you don't want to go to your class to deal with the same thing, you had the option to try something new."

Activities on this year's incarnation of the annual event ranged from an Academic Bowl quiz show to $1 chariot rides to discussions on high school bullying and teen poverty.

"It's just to expose students to different cultures, different ideas, and different concepts outside the classroom," math teacher Nicole Gomes said. Gomes and Sarah Peck, another math teacher, have helped organize Warde Day for the last thee years, though its history is longer than that.

"I think the best part is getting the students involved in things they're interested in that are not related to academics," Peck said.

The chariot rides were provided by members of the school's Latin Club, while the Chinese Club shared food samples and the art of Chinese calligraphy.

Warde graduate Hali Foreman, now a junior at Johnson & Wales College, came back to her alma mater to teach some advanced cupcake decorating. As she demonstrated techniques showing how to make a $2.50 dessert look like something that sells for $10 in a restaurant, Foreman explained that she had her own cupcake store at the Trumbull Mall while still attending high school.

Students looking to exercise off a few cupcake calories could stop in for a Yoga lesson or try INSANITY, a cardio-based body conditioning program.

Interested in music? The school's a cappella groups were on hand to perform their greatest hits from the 2013-14 school year, or students could catch a preview of the Festival of Bands.

"I went to the talent show, which was really cool," senior Tess Cheney said. She said Warde Day is a nice break for students, especially with the end of the school year approaching.

Genevieve Reilly

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