Students cheered their peers on as they carried a team-mate on a mattress, spun around on a baseball bat, and hopped across the lawn. These relay games were part of Wednesday's annual Fall Festival at Chipola College. The festival gave students a chance to mix and mingle, learn of other student organizations, give students a break. Chris Godwin, a freshman at Chipola College says it's great to take day off from classes "because college is hard, it's not the easiest thing to do."
Wednesday's festival was the first for Chipola student Sarah Moore. She competed in some of the relays and enjoyed mingling with other students. "I got to compete with clubs like the Spanish club, the Science club…people I don't come into contact with everyday," says Moore. "It's really important to expand your friendships and your community throughout the entire campus."
The Florida Lottery was on site giving away free t-shirts, sunglasses, and raffling off prizes. Deputy Secretary David Bishop says Chipola College was next on their trip across the state to recognize and Bright Future scholars for their hard work. "Since the program was created 15 years ago, we sent 550,000 students to a state college or university about 5,600 of those students have come to Chipola," says Bishop. "We could not be more proud and be a participant in this program and keep the best and brightest in Florida."
Chris Godwin received the Bright Futures scholarship and was one of the handful of students recognized today for earning the Bright Futures scholarship, which he says is a tremendous help. "My parents don't have enough money to put me through college with what they have saved up, so bright futures takes the stress off my family and helps me come to college," says Godwin.
The festival canceled classes for about 4 hours and.Chipola will have similar event next semester called Spring Frolics.