New contest promises to light up the island

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 6:15pm

Just as the Leo Lions Club populated the island with a wide array of scarecrows for their own contest, the Block Island School Student Council hopes to light up the town with a home lighting holiday decorating contest.

Junior Whitney McGinnes, president of the Student Council, said the group was looking for ways to “boost holiday cheer” in place of the events they would normally schedule, such as movie nights, “but because of corona we can’t have regular events, so we decided to have a lights contest.” She said her own family “enjoyed driving around to see the scarecrows. That was a fun thing to do safely.”

McGinnes said the Student Council hopes this will be the same type of event.

The Student Council, comprising two representatives from grades eight through 12, also has a secretary, treasurer, vice president and president. Other than planning events and fundraising, McGinnes said the body acts as a mediator for students who have questions regarding school life, which will then be brought to the attention of either School Principal Kristine Monje or Supt. Mike Convery.

With fundraising events also restricted, McGinnes did say that the council will be selling Block Island Hurricanes masks in a few weeks. When the masks arrive, it will be announced on social media and at

Anyone who wishes to participate in the holiday lighting contest can let the Student Council know by sending an email to and then followup with a photo. The contest runs through Jan. 1 and the winners will be chosen by the Student Council. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.