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Key Club Smashing Pumpkins for a Good Cause
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by Jacob Hojnacke

photos by Molly Lewing

Walkersville High School had their annual Pumpkin Smash today on November 3rd, where all your pumpkin smashing dreams come true.  

Once a year, students can buy a ticket and leave during class to go outside and smash a pumpkin of your choosing with bats — it may sound crazy, but it’s a lot of fun and a great school stress reliever.

The Pumpkin Smash is set up by the Key Club along with the student volunteers who help out, so if anyone would want to sign up next year, you would have to be a member of the Key Club.

The fun begins when you grab a bat and start smashing. You break the pumpkin until it’s a mush of orange and seeds. You can also kick and slam it, if that’s your thing.

Sophomore Thomas Sniezek who had went to the pumpkin smash last year stated “It was fun to play baseball with pumpkin parts.”

After playing some pumpkin baseball new participant sophomore Liam Day who was about to begin his first smash to the pumpkin, stated “I’m eager to bust one open.”

It’s better to go out with a group of friends and see who can destroy their pumpkin first. Anyone can sign up, they just have to give $2 to help assist the Key Club with their endeavors.

Science teacher Erica Carbone commented about the pumpkin smash, “It started three years ago. We heard about it at a Key Club convention and thought it would be a good idea. We get our pumpkins from a [farm] in Frederick and we kept doing it every year.”  

I had also asked how long the tradition would continue in Walkersville, she replied “Hopefully a long time.”

(The following quotes are from writer Jessica Bentley)

“It was fun! It is a great way to get rid of stress and let everything out,” commented sophomore Lexi Shoemaker.

“It was pretty fun smashing the pumpkins. It brought out some inner rage I had,” said senior Chase Tyeryar.

“It is a good way to get your anger out,” added freshman Allison Wilcom.

“We held the pumpkin smash to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club,” said senior and Key Club member Kathy Krantz.

We hope everyone who participated today had fun and hope that next year it’s still a lot of fun.