Written by: Jahsoulay Walton
On April 30, Southern Adventist University will hold its annual Strawberry Festival. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Iles gym.
The first Strawberry Festival slideshow was held in 1979, according to information on Southern’s website. The event brings students together to recap their school year as it comes to an end.
Strawberry Festival Director Xander Ordinola, senior mass communication-photography major, shared his plans concerning this year’s festival in an email to the Accent. He said the event will feature recap videos from the religion, sports and student life departments; a look back at all of the Student Association events this school year and more. Attendees will also see live Gym-Masters performances, cultural dancing and music from the 2am Curfew band.
“In addition, there are a few other videos and a presidential goodbye,” Ordinola added.
Although focused on the event, the organizing team has been active all semester, especially on social media.
“What’s been different about the Strawberry Festival this year is that there’s been a lot more happening than just the end-of-the-year event,” Ordinola wrote. “For example, we’ve been posting weekly recap videos and photos from major events [on Instagram] as well as helping in the December Grad Fest.”
Memories yearbooks are usually distributed at the event but won’t be available this year since no one applied for the yearbook editor position for the 2022-2023 school year. Still, Ordinola said he has something special in store for attendees.
“It’s sad that there isn’t a yearbook this year, which was also another attraction for people to come to the Strawberry Fest,” he wrote. “But something I’m planning is to give out white T-shirts and markers for people to sign.”