Little Rock Campus Hosts a Spirited Mardi Gras Celebration

Contributed by Jennifer Poldo, BS, RMA, AHI, Medical Assisting Instructor

Entry from MA with X-ray/EKG students.

Entry from MA with X-ray/EKG students.

Mardi Gras in Little Rock? You bet!

The Student Ambassador Program at our Little Rock Campus and their faculty advisor, Medical Assisting Instructor Jennifer Poldo, held a “Parade of Floats” contest on March 10, 2014, to commemorate the Mardi Gras holiday, capping a three-day celebration on Campus.

Entry from lower-level MBC students.

Entry from lower-level MBC students.

March 6 featured frozen soft-drink beverages and face painting.

March 7 served as the Campus’s “Fat Tuesday,” and that event featured a variety of foods sold by the student ambassadors on Campus.

March 10 ended the three-day celebration with a parade of very creative homemade floats, the product of a contest pitting lower-module students against upper-module students in both the Medical Assisting and Medical Billing and Coding programs. Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG students worked as one group. 

Entry from upper-level MBC students (winning entry).

Entry from upper-level MBC students (winning entry).

Details on the Float Contest
Each group of students was given an empty box and was instructed to create a Mardi Gras-themed float. They were encouraged to use music, costumes, and anything relevant to the Mardi Gras theme to create a “3D celebration.” A total of five floats were entered.

Entry from upper-level MA students.

Entry from upper-level MA students.

The decorated floats were displayed in the front lobby so that everyone could enjoy them.

Ms. Poldo explained, “During the contest, the judges remained anonymous. While the floats were being presented, the judges acted as spectators and were not revealed to our students. We chose newly hired Admissions Representative Justin Kinchen, Learning Resource System Manager Trish Miller, and Campus President Dr. Rosalie Lampone as our judges, because all three have extensive knowledge of the history of Mardi Gras and know what to look for when it comes to traditional Mardi Gras concepts.”

Entry from lower-level MA students.

Entry from lower-level MA students.

The floats were judged on their Mardi Gras theme and on how well they represented an actual parade float. Ms. Poldo said, “We wanted our students to embrace the parade theme, and our winners did just that, representing what an actual float would look like. Other entries did come close, though. One float was even driven through the lobby via a remote control car!”

The winning float belonged to the upper-level Medical Billing and Coding students. Their instructor received a spirit stick indicating that her class created the best float. The spirit stick will be passed to the instructor whose students win the next competition on Campus.

Dr. Lampone noted, “It was a wonderful celebration and a great way for our students to apply their creative and teamwork skills in a fun and festive way.”

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