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UGLY SWEATER PARTY: Spreading Holiday Spirit and Cheer

Dressed in bright, colorful holiday sweaters, members of Azure, Andover’s female a cappella group, performed an arrangement of “Winter Wonderland,” a five-year Azure tradition according to Kiarah Hortance ’17, Co-Head of Azure. As some girls hummed the melody, others sang the lyrics, their voices blending to create a sense of unity in the song. The audience tapped their feet and swayed to the rhythm of the song as the group’s harmonious and clear voices kept the atmosphere lively and festive.

“I really like the vocal presentations we had going on. A lot of the groups performed and they did a great job, and everyone is topping each other with how ugly their sweaters can get,” said Nell Fitts ’18. “[The small activities at the party] are pretty cool. I haven’t really done many of them – mostly just mingling. But they’re nice. It’s nice to see people having fun.”

The annual party provided students with the opportunity to showcase their holiday spirit and enjoy festive performances by student a capella groups like Azure, Keynotes, and Yorkies. For many, it was also an enjoyable way to celebrate the holiday season and unwind before the upcoming school week.

“I think it’s a nice event where a lot of people come together to have fun and relax on a Friday night and have some fun and listen to good music. The songs, everyone was singing them all together, so it created a really nice vibe,” said Mudmee Sereeyothin ’20.

The party also featured activities such as a photobooth, cookie decorating, posing with Santa, and an impromptu dance, in addition to having a specialized Snapchat geofilter.