HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University's 2014 Winter Carnival wrapped up Saturday with an awards ceremony and annual Snow Ball. At the ceremony, Blue Key Honor Society President Jack Lubinski addressed the crowd of well-dressed students, thanking them for their time and energy in making this year's Winter Carnival a success.
"I want to thank you again for all of your hard work and the effort you put forth," he said. "I like to think of us as our mascot. Like the husky sometimes we can be lone people, but at events like this we come back to get to a common goal, in this case it was Winter Carnival."
Winners from categories such as month-long statue and one-nighter statue based on organizations including fraternities, women's groups, residence halls, university housing and student organizations were announced. The winners of Winter Carnival events that took place earlier in the week, such as the Queens Competition, Stage Revue and special events, were also recognized.
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Members of the Air Force ROTC at Michigan Technological University work on their snow statue during the All-Nighter Wednesday. Their statue entry took second place, but they were able to win the overall competition for the third straight year.
"I want you to know a lot of scores were very tight this year," Lubinski said.
The overall winner of this year's Winter Carnival was the Air Force ROTC, which took second place in the snow statues category for student organizations, first place in special events for student organizations and second place in the Stage Revue competition. It marks the third straight overall win for the organization.
While congratulating all participants on the success of the event, Lubinski stressed the economic benefit of Winter Carnival on the community.
"I want you guys to know the impact you have on the community. Back in 2000, we did an economic impact study and it was estimated that this event, Winter Carnival, in the three days, raises about $1.23 million," he said. "That's quite the impact on the area. We estimate nowadays, it's at about $2 million or so."
He shared his own experience of attending Winter Carnival when growing up in the Copper Country and how it motivated him to be involved during his time at Michigan Tech.
"Myself being a local, it really had an influence on me as a child to get involved with this organization so I could sustain and make this event better for generations to come, for students at the university, for people in the area and for people who want to come back," he said.
Although Winter Carnival is over until Feb. 4 to 7, 2015, for most people, the members of the Blue Key Honor Society still have work to do.
"We still have a few things to wrap up and then we'll start going through and seeing what we can do better next year," Lubinski said.