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Sophomores team up to scare classmates at Trinity

A large group of students crowded around the door of a typically empty classroom on the third floor of Trinity High School during lunch on Monday. Shrill screams could be heard from inside the closed room, while those waiting outside chatted exci...

Sophomores Sunshine Diem (left) and Anna Kessel (Right) spent their lunch break scaring their fellow students Monday. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)
Sophomores Sunshine Diem (left) and Anna Kessel (Right) spent their lunch break scaring their fellow students Monday. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

A large group of students crowded around the door of a typically empty classroom on the third floor of Trinity High School during lunch on Monday.

Shrill screams could be heard from inside the closed room, while those waiting outside chatted excitedly. When the doors opened, 10 students stumbled out. Ten more were immediately ushered in. Once they were over the threshold, the doors shut behind them.

Inside the room was a makeshift haunted house, built by and staffed entirely of sophomore students, for Trinity's Spirit Week. Desks stacked on top of one another were draped in black. Strobe lights and a fog machine helped create atmosphere by limiting sight.

The sophomore class spent about five hours decorating the room, said Sunshine Diem, who during the haunted house was laying inside an old washtub with her face made up as though a nearby pitchfork had pierced her forehead.

In addition to thrift stores and Walmart, they even got materials from another classmate's farm. There's an old building on the farm where they got a lantern and a few wooden items, such as a door.

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"It was a great class bonding experience," said Anna Kessel, member of the student council.

Diem, also a student council member, agreed.

"I've never seen our class do so much together," she said.

Jacob Kessel, dressed as horror movie icon Jason Voorhees, leaped out at students from inside a cabinet. Others dressed in black stood in corners and under desks, reaching out to grasp ankles. Girls screamed at the guests to leave, to "turn back now."

Freshman Carter Ehlis had been looking forward to the haunted house and hurried straight there from lunch.

"It was pretty good," he said. "The music was really good. I couldn't see anything cause the lights were flashing. I didn't expect it to be this creepy or scary. I didn't expect it to be this good."

Not every student was scared. Seventh-grader Kiera Rambousek toured the haunted house with her best friend.

"It wasn't scary for me personally, but I don't get scared easily," she said.

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When the last of the students left the classroom at the sound of the bell, Anna told her fellow classmates, "Guys, I'm proud."

The haunted house was part of a school-wide hall decorating contest. Teachers, support staff and administration will vote for best hall either Wednesday or Thursday.

A favorite of Rachel Ebach, freshman English teacher, was the juniors' hall, also on the third floor, which was decorated in the theme of Pixar's movie "Up," complete with a faux-house front and mailbox inscribed with the character names Carl and Ellie.

The seniors' hall was Minecraft-themed; the freshman hall was Pac Man; the eighth-grade hall was movies. The seventh-grade hall was "welcome to the jungle."

This hallway is designed to resemble the Pixar animated film"UP" for Trinity High School's spirit week. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)
This hallway is designed to resemble the Pixar animated film"UP" for Trinity High School's spirit week. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

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