Oh My Gourd!

Newspaper staff carves pumpkins

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Lizzy Parkerson and Gabriela Ruiz

The tradition of pumpkin carving began with the Celts, who carved turnips to lead good spirits to the house. The Irish immigrants brought this custom to America and, from it, emerged the American Jack O’Lantern. 

Since then, we have adopted the carving of pumpkins as a symbol of Halloween. The popular name, Jack O’Lantern, comes from British origins, meaning man in the lantern or watchman. 

In newspaper, we hosted a pumpkin carving contest and polled the student body to find a winner. Check out the results above.