MCA will be haunted this weekend
MOUNT CARMEL - This year's edition of Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School's "Haunted High" is showing signs of life - or death, depending on how you look at it.
The student run-event will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Students and staff were originally unsure if the event would happen at all, following the district teachers' union announcement Oct. 7 that they were "working the rule."
The announcement meant students were without teacher advisors, leaving students to wonder if they would ever have the opportunity to carry on the spooky tradition of scaring patrons who walk the darkened halls of the high school.
According to senior Luke Duceman, who with junior Joanna Rompallo, is leading around 50 students from grades 7 through 12, Superintendent Bernie Stellar said the show would go with the assistance of administration staff.
"For a period of time, we were going to cancel, then administration talked to me. They said they would go out of their way to help with it," Duceman said Monday. "I was baffled they would do that because they are so busy with their own stuff."
Since working to the rule ended Oct. 25, Duceman said two teacher advisors who were assisting at the onset of preparations are part of the event again.
Students have been busy this week, making spooky props and turning ordinary clothes into horrifying costumes. Duceman did not reveal too much about what awaits patrons, but did reveal there is one "pièce de résistance with a big bang."
Rompallo said she is nervous because the event is days away, but added she is confident the event will be a success. She and other students were in a rush Wednesday pulling items out of storage.
Duceman and Rompallo will lead fellow students during the event and will also interact with patrons before and after.
"It can be stressful at times, but it's all worth it," Duceman said.
Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students. Proceeds will go to a local charitable organization.