On December 22nd, students at Monmouth Academy had a break from the normal day to day classes and activities. After having a shortened schedule for the first half of the day, the students were dismissed at 11.30 to participate in any number of activities. A week beforehand, all the students were given a number of activities to choose from – whichever one of their choices was most available was the group that they stayed with. Upperclassmen were given “seniority”. Get it? It’s a pun.

While the origins of the term Scoop Day may be shrouded in mystery, one thing is not – that the alternative day is definitely a welcome break from schoolwork before winter vacation hits. With activities including everything from ice skating, bowling, baking, origami, video games and a bridge tournament, everybody was sure to find an activity to participate in. By far, the most popular choices were ice skating and bowling in Augusta. But since not everyone could go into Augusta, many of the freshmen and sophomores were left high and dry at school.

That is not to say that they were given bad choices, either. And the students that didn’t have any place to go got put in gym games – one of the largest Scoop Day groups.

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