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Illuminate hosts annual Halloween party

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Some of the students who attended Illuminate’s Halloween party

Members of Illuminate, a student organization at SSU, hosted their annual Halloween party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Innermission Campus Ministry. There were a lot of people and activities at the party. There were plenty of snacks, a foosball table, a pool table, spooky music to enjoy and a group of students playing card games. 

Plenty of people got into the spirit of Halloween and dressed up for the occasion, but some last-minute planners had to get creative.

“Sadly, I didn’t have time to prepare a costume, so I’m just a broke college student,” Sydney Reed said.

This seemed to be very much within the spirit of students’ costumes. They either went all out or scrambled last minute, but, either way, all participants appeared to be having fun with friends. 

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Before the party, Reed said that the thing she was most excited for was “probably just the community, getting together and fellowship.” Throughout the night, many students spent time together getting to know each other and having fun.

Nella Stansberry added that she was most excited “just to see everyone’s costumes” and “just to maybe see some new faces here and maybe just fellowship with one another and, yeah, just have a good time.” 

“I’m Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite,” she said of her costume. Stansberry explained that she was part of a group dressed as characters from that movie. The girls who chose this group costume stayed in character in the pictures they took throughout the night, bringing some amusement to the people around them. 

“I came over at the right time, but we just found some old decorations from previous years and we kind of just put our minds together and just had fun with it and just put things up that we thought that would be fun,” Stansberry said. “And so we kind of fit the mood, too. We darkened the lights and put fun Halloween lights in the room.” 

Patricia Sparks said that her “favorite part of the Halloween party was seeing everyone’s costumes and hanging out with friends.” She added that one benefit of going to the Halloween party is that “you get to meet new people that may not always go to Illuminate or hang out at Innermission.” 

“Going to the Halloween party was just an amazing time for me because it allowed me to become closer with friends, and I got to meet some new people as well,” Libby Judge said. 

Judge added that her “favorite costume was definitely Lizzy and Johnny’s birthday girl and piñata. It made it so much better that it was homemade!” Sparks said that her favorite costume was “Jacob Bowe dressing up as Ken from Barbie.”

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Kendall Riley is a Scioto County native and a Christian who values positivity, kindness and service. Riley considers herself to have a strong work ethic and love of God, which she hopes has helped her stand out in a way that’s authentic to herself. Her childhood love of literature has helped Riley develop a strong mind and love of language that she carries with her today. Despite her struggles with anxiety in high school, Riley has had a support system of educators who helped her through. Riley’s experiences with the educators who have supported her, like her mom and her friends, have shown her how impactful the confidence of an educator can be for a student, and she wants to be part of that impact. Riley believes she is called to love and serve others, so teaching is the perfect career path for her, especially when she can help students through tough times. In her free time, Riley loves to sing and read, and she is a member of the Illuminate club at Shawnee. Though she never thought she would develop skills in journalism, Riley is excited to uncover and showcase the more interesting parts of Shawnee while spreading positivity.

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