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PASC News Inside This Issue News & Notes...................... 2 • Council of Excellence United States Senate Youth Scholars Named................ 2 Tribute to Earl Reum ......... 3 PASC for Everyone Video Contest............................... 4 Student Summit in Harrisburg...................................... 4 Social Tools for Social Change................................ 5 Serving Others in the Winter Months................................ 5 Student Council Appreciates Support Staff...................... 6 Apply to be a STAR Leaders Presenter............................ 6 Middle Level Reps and Advisors Named to Executive Board................................... 7 State Board of Education Holds Nov. Meeting......... 8 Holiday Fundraising and Service Ideas...................... 8

Volume 35 Issue 4 December 2010

PASC Registration Now Open for STAR Leaders Students and advisors, join PASC as we begin the quest to the first STAR Leaders Conference, hosted by NASC and NHS. The spirited PASC delegation will fly to St. Louis, known as the Gateway to the West, on Thursday, June 23.

Activities The PASC pre-conference trip will include: • Baseball game at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals will meet the Phillies. • No visit to St. Louis is complete without a stop at the Gateway Arch, the iconic symbol of St. Louis and the tallest monument in the United States. The steel structure was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. We’ll head to the top for an awesome view and check out the museum of westward expansion located under the Arch. • Team building activities at Grant Park, located in downtown for a chance to meet the delegates in your PASC squad. • A fun dinner and entertainment with all Region 2

delegates (from NY, NJ, MD, and DE) on Friday night.

Quest to be a STAR Leader

• Roundtrip airline flight from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh

The conference itself will feature:

• Four-night hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency in downtown

• Two and a half days focused on leadership and service

• Transportation during pretrip

• Numerous settings for collaboration, networking, and idea sharing

• All meals except three lunches

• Student-led workshops

• Conference registration fee ($350)

• Large group breakout sessions on various topics • National speakers including Justin Laipply, inspirational comedian and creator of “Evolution of Dance”™ • Opportunity to meet students and advisors from around the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Go to and click on conferences for more details including a tentative schedule and a video about the conference.

Expense Details The pre-trip and conference cost is $1,200, which includes:

• Tickets and entrance fees to all venues

• PA delegation T-shirts (4)

Additional Details Any student in grades 7–12 (in Sept. of 2011) is eligible to attend the conference. Your school advisor does not have to attend with you. There is a limit of six students per school; there is no limit to how many advisors may attend per school. Accepted workshop presenters do not count against a school’s limit. The STAR Leaders Conference will also include students from NHS and NJHS chapters. Don’t hesitate to ask an continued on page 7

News & Notes National Council of Excellence Applications Due in February With only weeks remaining in 2010, it is time for YOUR student council members to organize information on projects, minutes and agendas of meetings, and other information that can be used to support the council’s application to NASC as a National Council of Excellence for 2010. PASC’s goal is to see an increase in the number of schools recognized, including some of our outstanding middle schools. Many PASC member councils have done many outstanding things since January 1, 2010. Although it takes time to complete the NASC application, the process of doing it allows student leaders and advisors to reflect on all that they have done and to create a portfolio that reflects a positive view of their organization and their school. When the members of the council find a gap in projects not completed, the application provides a renewed incentive to move the project forward in the next two months, or to put it on the top of the council’s priority list for 2011. Each of the schools that were named as Councils of Excellence for 2009 would urge your council to make that effort. Each found the work on putting the application packet together to be challenging, but worthwhile. It created a renewed focus on who they were and what they sought to accomplish in their school. Details on the application process and the appropriate forms can be found at The application, based on the council’s accomplishments for calendar year 2010, is due to NASC on February 15, 2011.

Share Your Successful Ideas PASC is looking for good ideas to share with member schools. Does your council have a project or activity that was particularly successful last year? Do you have a unique way of organizing your council? Do you have some great ideas for teambuilding or meeting management? Have you conducted a fundraiser that was particularly successful? What does your council do that really works? Help other PASC members by writing up a short article with your idea and sending it with photos (if available) to and you could find your council featured in an upcoming issue of PASC News!


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2010 United States Senate Youth Scholars Named Senators Arlen Specter and Robert Casey have announced the appointment of Tim Sensenig and Stephanie Warner as the Pennsylvania delegates to the 49th annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Tim and Stephanie were named following recommendation from the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Selection Committee. n Timothy Sensensig, a resident of Denver, Pennsylvania, is a

Student Government cabinet member at Cocalico HS (District 8) where he has chaired several major projects. Tim is president of National Honor Society and was elected to lead the Leo Club’s Relay for Life. He is active in his church, is dedicated to many community service projects, and enjoys participation in theatre, to which he credits improved public speaking skills. Tim has served on Congressman Pitts’ Youth Advisory Council and has interned with both the local Borough Council and his State Timothy Sensensig Representative. n Stephanie Warner is Student Government President at Mercy-

hurst Preparatory School in Erie (District 1). Stephanie served as class secretary for two years prior to being elected SGA President as a senior. She is equally committed to the Ophelia Club, dealing with bullying and peer counseling. Stephanie is a proactive leader, advocating student concerns to school administrators and working with those in need, through mission trips and community service projects. She also is active in National Honor Society and is a member of her school’s state championship socStephanie Warner cer team. Tim and Stephanie will each receive $5,000 scholarships and will attend a program in Washington, D.C., in March sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Two additional state finalists were named as alternates for the program, Matthew Basista of Highlands HS (District 3) and Robert Hume of Carlisle HS (District 8).

A Tribute to Dr. Earl Reum (1931–2010) A Wish for Leaders

By Jim Finnemeyer PASC Executive Director

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion and having it be magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something “bomb out.”

On December 5th, PASC lost a great friend when Earl Reum passed away. All those who are associated with student activities, whether students, advisors, or administrators, have lost a true giant in our nation. Earl Reum was such an outstanding student leader at East HS in Denver, Colorado, that the popular Life magazine featured him on the cover and as the subject of the lead article in the December 20, 1948 issue. Following graduation from Catholic University in Washington, D.C, Earl returned to Denver to teach English and to become a student council advisor. In the early 1960s, he was named director of student activities for the Denver Public Schools. He became a prolific writer of student council and leadership materials for students and advisors. Even today, his materials and ideas are as relevant as they were 30 or 40 years ago. I recently heard the research he did for his doctorate in 1960 quoted in both the opening and closing of a state student council executive director’s recent dissertation on leadership training for the 21st century. Earl Reum became the most sought after speaker at district, state, and national conferences from the 1960s through to last March when he keynoted the California

Activity Directors Association conference of more than 2,000 advisors and in July when he was the consultant at the Kansas State Summer Workshop Program. Earl last spoke in Pennsylvania in 2006 at the NASC conference at North Penn High School. I am aware that most of our student members and many of our newer advisors have never met Earl Reum or never have heard one of his speeches filled with humor, magic, and profound insight. He has had a profound impact on many of those who are veteran members of PASC. He has served as a mentor and inspiration for many on the PASC Executive Board. He was the founder of the Camp Cheley leadership workshop, served as its co-director for more than three decades, and his leadership

For more on Earl’s life and teachings, visit: • • •

training model and materials have provided the basis for the PASC summer workshop program. In the late 1980s, he helped PASC launch our Principal-Advisors-Leaders program as our first featured presenter. He has been the single most important voice for student activities and student leadership in the nation for the past 50 years. His writings and speeches have had a profound impact on what we do at our workshops and conferences. He is founded the National Association of Workshop Directors and developed its annual conference, which our workshop directors, staff, and other advisors have attended for more than 30 years. Dr. Earl Reum’s humor, magic, and dedication to students and their development as leaders leave both a gigantic legacy and a void that will be very hard to fill. PASC lost a great friend this week. We are saddened by his passing and rejoice in his life of service, humor, love, and dedication.

I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose—horribly. I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except you. I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life. I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations. I hope you make a stupid, unethical mistake and get caught red-handed and are big enough to say those magic words “I was wrong.” I hope you give so much of yourself that some days you wonder if it is worth it all. I wish for you a magnificent obsession that will give you a reason for living and purpose and direction in life. I wish for you the worst kind of criticism for everything you do, because that makes you fight to achieve beyond what you normally would. I wish for you the experience of leadership. Earl Reum

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“PASC For Everyone” Video Contest Ends on January 5th PASC is sponsoring a contest to develop a video and an action plan to put what you have learned from PASC into action. The contest offers a $500 prize that will be used to implement the winning action plan at your school. For complete details on the contest go to: ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to students or advisors in PASC member schools that have paid their dues for 2010–2011 school year. Student Council advisors must acknowledge and approve any submissions for the submission to be eligible. DEADLINE: This contest ends at midnight EST on January 5, 2011. HOW TO ENTER: Step 1: Create and upload a

video that captures the essence of PASC. Work with your council, your advisor, and others within your school to create a one- to three-minute video that captures the essence of PASC. It’s often difficult to express in words what PASC means to students who have attended summer workshops, conferences, or other programs. Use creativity and technology to express the nature of PASC in terms of leadership, service, and personal growth. Once the video is edited and ready to be viewed, upload the entire video to your favorite

video storage site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc). After the video is uploaded, copy and save the URL for your video. Following the completion of step 2, you will submit the URL for your video along with the action plan. Step 2: Develop and submit an action plan of how to share the essence of PASC with your school. Work with your council, your advisor, and others within your school to develop your action plan. The lessons and experiences PASC brings to student leaders who attend PASC programs have tremendous potential for all students in your school. Develop specific actions that you can implement

as a council to bring the most important aspects of PASC to all students. Your plan must be both ambitious and achievable. The plan should have an impact on the largest number of students/ staff in the most significant way possible. It is expected that your plan be specific and actionable within the 2011 spring semester or the summer of 2011. Step 3: Implement your action plan If you are selected as the finalist in this contest, you will be granted $500 to support your action plan. We hope that everyone who submits a video and action plan is able to find the means to put their plan into action, even if not selected for the $500 grant.

Student Summit in Harrisburg Set for February PASC will hold its 13th annual Student Summit in the State Capitol in Harrisburg on February 24, 2011. The opening in the morning and the entire afternoon session of presentations and debates will be held in chamber of the House of Representatives. Morning work sessions will be held in caucus rooms and committee rooms in the Capitol. In preparation for the beginning of Governor Corbett’s administration, the 2010 program will focus on state issues and is designed for Pennsylvania student leaders to share their ideas and concerns with leaders of the state legislature and Governor. The five topic areas include: • Education 4

• Energy and Environment • Healthy Choices • Higher Education and Jobs • Safe Schools and Safe Driving This year’s program will ask delegates to write their own resolution or proposal and submit it with their application. The program is designed to gather new and creative ideas from Pennsylvania’s student leaders that address issues of concern in the Commonwealth. Students are free to submit proposals that do not fit exactly fit in the topic areas listed above. Details about the Summit, the application process, and additional information on topic areas are available at www.pasc. net. A copy of the program

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Students will present and debate resolutions in the chamber of the House of Representatives during the 13th Student Summit in the State Capitol.

information and application is attached to the electronic version of this PASC NEWS; please download it and share it with others in your school. The program is open all students (including non-student council

members) in grades 9–12 only. If you have additional questions, contact us at PASCInfo@ Deadline to apply: January 19, 2010.

PASC NEWS is published monthly during the school year. To submit announcements, articles, or corrections for newsletters, please email the Executive Director or Assistant Executive Director. Articles or information from PASC NEWS may be reproduced for use, with appropriate credit. Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer North Penn HS 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446 215-280-9299 215-855-0632 (Fax) Assistant Executive Director Kathy Ann Coll 174 Link Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-366-5744 PASC President Jillian Roeske Mountain View HS RR 1, Box 339 Kingsley, PA 18826 PASC President-Elect Mariam Ahmad Altoona Area HS 1400 7th Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 PASC News Editor Lyn Fiscus Leadership Logistics PASC Email: PASC Website:

Social Tools for Social Change By Kyle Kaufman

December can be a month where we feel more compelled to “do good.” Perhaps it’s residual concerns about Santa’s naughty-or-nice list or more likely it’s a natural extension of the positive feelings that emerge as we take stock of our good fortunes during this holiday season. Whatever motivates us, sometimes simply doing good isn’t so simple. One web-based resource that is attempting to support our desire to make a difference is “Socialbrite is a learning hub and sharing community that brings together top experts in social media, causes, and online philanthropy. We’re here to share insights about tools and best practices that advance the social good. This is an ad-free community learning center.”

[] If you use Twitter, follow @ socialbrite or check out www. in addition to their own website. There’s a wealth of resources and information that channels through Socialbrite, most of which is in support of nonprofit organizations’ endeavors to create positive change. Some of the material is also ideal for Student Councils that are interested in increasing their civic engagement and social responsibility. Along the way, students will learn about how technology is changing the landscape of awareness and activism. Sample of resources available on • 12 Steps to Mobilize Your Cause [printable PDF]

• 10 Mobile Apps for Social Good [printable PDF] • 40 Hashtags for Social Good [printable PDF] • 9 Web Platforms to Help You Change the World • 15 Social Tools for Local Impact So check out some of the resources listed above and give one or two a spin. If you find something that works particularly well, let us know and we’ll describe your successes in future PASC newsletters. Kyle Kauffman ( serves as student council advisor at South Western HS. Follow Kyle’s blog at http:// for more tech articles.

Serving Others in the Winter Months Looking for a good winter service project? Try one of these:

Snow, What Snow? This project works the same as “Rake and Run” or “Drive up Raking” and other fall projects where students go to homes of the elderly or families in need to rake leaves for free. Instead of raking, for this project members shovel snow.

To be successful, this project needs to be organized before snow begins to fall. It is done on snow days or on winter weekends. Students volunteer to go to homes in the community and shovel snow. Be sure to let the people know who you are and what you are doing. Cost to the school is zero, but it gains a huge amount of goodwill for students and your school.

Polar Plunge This event is frequently coordinated with Special Olympics as a fundraiser. Students raise PASC News •

money (at least $75) to do the plunge in a local lake or stream. They dress up according to a theme and travel to the plunge site. There is an afternoon of festivities that can go along with this activity—make it an event! It can even be created as a competition between schools in the same community or in the same athletic conference. The event also can conclude with a dance for participants. Cost to the school is zero but it can be a great service fundraiser and is a great way to get positive media publicity for your school. December 2010 • 5

Student Council Appreciates Support Staff Our custodians are always setting up things for council activities or cleaning up after us and our fellow students. Our cafeteria workers always cook and serve the food and clean up after all of our classmates and teachers. JUST ONCE, what would it be like if WE cooked for them? A great winter project is to sponsor an appreciation dinner for custodians and cafeteria workers. Plan it well in advance, send them personal

invitations, and hold it in the evening when they do not have to work. Find a way for the night custodians to be involved for a few hours. Student Council members can provide funds to have the meal catered or bring in a potluck meal that includes soup, entrée, dessert, and beverages. Decorate the room used

for the meal to make it look like a fancy evening. Be sure to invite staff members to bring their spouse or best friend. For entertainment, arrange with your band or jazz band to play, have your drama students perform, or your choir members sing as a group or as soloists. Make the evening one that the support staff will remember.

Consider a certificate of appreciation or a small gift of appreciation based around your school mascot to build school pride in the staff. Consider inviting your principal, superintendent, and school board president to attend so that they can join your council members in thanking the staff. It should clearly be YOUR dinner to plan and to host. Have a great time and please let PASC know what you did so that we can share it with other schools.

Apply to Be a STAR Leaders Presenter NASC and NHS are looking for workshop presenters for the STAR Leaders conference to be held this June in St. Louis. Expand your leadership experience and share your great ideas and the skills that you have learned by being a workshop presenter. Workshop applications are available at, or from Kathy Coll, PASC Assistant Executive Director ( or Jim Finnemeyer (PASCInfo@ The deadline to apply is February 4, 2011. Additional delegates are permitted from schools that are selected to present workshops. If you have any questions, e-mail Kathy Coll. n Application Process: The

information on the application is entered prior to submission for review. Several fields have been pre-set as required and the submission feature will not work if any are left blank. Required fields appear with a red border. To complete an application, please use the following steps: 1. Go to and click on the Training tab to download a form to your computer. 2. Open the form using Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader (it is best to use the most current version). 3. Use your mouse or tab to navigate through the application. Simply click on check boxes to indicate your choices. Other than sample program materials, all information requested on the application must be entered in the corresponding fields. Responses of “see attached” are not acceptable.

2011 application is a PDF document that features data entry fields and online submission. It also allows presenters to save copies of their completed applications. With few exceptions, the majority of presenters will be able to complete the ap- 4. Signatures are not required on the 2011 application. plication process electronically. Persons submitting the apIt is important that all relevant PASC News • December 2010 • 6

plications attest that all information is correct when they enter their name on the final page. 5. Upon completing the application, press the SUBMIT FORM button and follow the directions to email it to NASSP/Star Leaders. Some mail programs are not recognized by Adobe. In those cases, the completed form may be saved to the desktop and then attached in an email to It is also advisable to print a hard copy for archival backup. (NOTE: The 2011 application is a PDF Distributable form that will allow users to save applications with entered data on the users’ computers. The program will prompt users to save their completed forms) 6. Any support materials may be emailed to Tammy Wightman, Please do not fax materials. 7. Be sure to also send a copy of your application and supporting materials to PASC Assistant Executive Director,

Kathy Coll electronically or by mail to 174 Link Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. When accepted, be sure to contact Kathy Coll so you are included on the PASC trip to St. Louis. Important Reminder: Incomplete applications and those received with missing information will not be considered. Should any missing information be identified, the primary presenter and conference adviser will be notified by NASSP/Star Leaders staff. Missing information or documentation must be received by NASSP/Star Leaders prior to March 1, 2011. Questions about applying to be a STAR Leaders presenter may be directed to Tammy Wightman at wightmant@

PASC Goes to STAR Leaders (cont’d from p. 1) NHS friend to join you as part of the Pennsylvania delegation. The conference will have both joint and separate Student Council and NHS sessions and workshops. Advisors attending the conference will assist PASC executive director Jim Finnemeyer as chaperones for the delegates.

Registration Details Registration for the Pennsylvania delegation is now open. Visit http://unicorn1.wufoo. com/forms/pasc-registrationform-for-2011-nasc-conference/ to complete the Pennsylvania registration online.

Delegates to last summer’s NASC conference show off some of the Pennsylvania delegation’s state T-shirts.

Save the dates June 23–27, 2011 for the PASC trip to the STAR Leaders conference. The pre-trip will include a visit to the Gateway Arch (above) and a Cardinals vs. Phillies baseball game at Busch Stadium (below).

Print out a copy of the information and send it with a $500, non-refundable deposit (check made out to PASC) to Kathy Coll, 174 Link Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Registration is open now and continues until the February 1st deadline. Airline tickets need to be purchased early to keep trip price down. Two additional payments of $350 each are due on March 15 and May 1.

Trip/conference chaperones (left) are Jim Finnemeyer, PASC executive director, and Kathy Coll, PASC assistant executive director.

If you have any questions, email Kathy at kcoll1@comcast. net or call (412) 445-4193.

Middle Level Reps and Advisors Named to Executive Board Patrick Moore, a seventh grader from Kane Area MS (District 1) joins the PASC Executive Board as one of the Middle Level Representatives. Patrick is an active student. He is involved in chorus, soccer, art club, and peer tutoring in addition to serving as his Student Council’s treasurer.

He looks forward to having the opportunity to be the voice of middle level students across the state. Serving along with Patrick will be his advisor, Mrs. Deb Wensel. Welcome aboard, Patrick and Deb! Our second Middle Level Representative comes to

us from Great Valley MS (District 11). Lily Wang’s excitement and interest in this position is a result of attending the PASC State Conference in Scranton this past October. She has been a member of Student Council since elementary school and currently is the

7th grade class president. She enjoys the arts and music and is active in band and chorus as well as dancing. She is excited about the opportunity to be a member of the board. Her advisor, Mrs. Debbie Spencer will join her on the board. Welcome Lily and Debbie!

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State Board of Education Holds November Meeting By Travis Gilbert, SBE Senior Student Representative The Pennsylvania State Board of Education met November 17–18 in Harrisburg. The top agenda items included a presentation from the Pittsburgh Public Schools on their New Teacher Project, a presentation from the College Board and Project GRAD USA, and approval of the Chester Upland School District to be a local sponsor of the Delaware Community College. The Pittsburgh Public Schools sought approval from the State Board of Education to authorize the district, in partnership with the national nonprofit organization, The New Teacher Project, to be an alternative certification provider in the state of Pennsylvania. The state board has the

authority to approve national teacher training programs by resolution, and has done so twice since 2002. The Teacher Academy Program under the Pittsburgh Public Schools includes a rigorous screening process, a summer pre-service institute, and residency in a high-need school under the supervision of a highly qualified, effective teacher. The State Board passed the resolution unanimously. A presentation from College Board and Project GRAD USA communicated the need for college-ready programs to be placed in public schools that are both effective and early. The presentation pushed for more emphasis on the PSAT and other SAT preparation, access to a variety of AP courses, and community/parent involve-

ment. The program will be field tested in a rural, suburban, and an urban school somewhere in the commonwealth and results will be presented to the board at a future date. Both Junior SBE Rep Shannon Sullivan and I are initiating efforts to make more students aware of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and its student members and to get students involved in educational policy. Interested students can join an e-mail list by e-mailing and by “liking” our facebook page by searching “PA Student Voices.” Student Forum Teleconferences are being scheduled for over winter break, which are computer-and telephonebased sessions that will allow students to see presentations on current educational policy

and to provide feedback to members of the State Board of Education. Please join our facebook or e-mail listserv for more information about upcoming events and teleconferences. As always, students are encouraged to contact me (Travis Gilbert) at 717-609-4970 or to e-mail us at with any questions or concerns. We hope that everyone has an enjoyable holiday season!

Holiday Fundraising and Service Ideas The holiday season is well underway, but if your council is looking for some last-minute service or fundraising ideas to take advantage of the holiday spirit, try one of these: 12 Days of Christmas Collection Drive Looking for a new idea for your council’s holiday charity collection? Borrow the “12 Days of Christmas” collection drive idea from the student council of Lisle HS in Illinois. They sponsor a competition between fifth period classes to see which classroom can collect the most sets. A set consists of 12 cans of food, 11 boxes of food, 1o toiletries, nine dollar bills, eight pairs of socks, seven pairs of gloves, six scarves, five cans of pet food, four packages of baby wipes or diapers, three sweaters, two blankets, and one winter coat. The top three classrooms that assemble the most sets win a pizza party. Collected items go to local charities.

Pictures with Santa For lunch one day in December, have a staff member or a student dress up in a Santa suit and come to lunch. Have a talented art student create a backdrop and have Santa sit in a corner for students to have their picture taken with him. Mr. and Mrs. Scrooge Contest Take photos of couples dressed up in costume to be Mr. and Mrs. Scrooge. Put the photos on jars or buckets and collect money for each one to determine the winners. Gift Wrapping Sponsor a gift-wrapping booth at the local mall or for your school’s faculty and staff members. Wrap gifts for donations or set fees for different sized boxes.

Breakfast with Santa

Tree of Lights

Invite elementary students to have breakfast with Santa. Along with a hot breakfast, provide music, dancing, arts and crafts, and a Santa Secret Shop where students can purchase inexpensive gifts for their parents.

Purchase fir trees and invite different clubs or classes to decorate them however they wish. Put the trees on display and then auction them off either through a silent auction or hire an auctioneer to conduct a live auction. Award a prize to the group whose tree sells for the highest amount or has the most creative decorations.


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