Welcome to Winter Carnival 2017

Snow Cascades Across The Decades
February 8–11, 2017

Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. Featuring dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around campus and the community, this event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun.

2017 Overall Results

Congratulations to the Phi Kappa Tau, overall Winter Carnival 2017 winners!

Special Events:

First Place - Co-Ed's: St. Albert the Great
First Place - Women's: Alpha Gamma Delta
First Place - Men's: Army ROTC

Division Winers:

First Place Men's: Phi Kappa Tau
Second Place Men's: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Third Place Men's: Guardians of the North

First Place Women's: Delta Phi Epsilon
Second Place Women's: Alpha Gamma Delta
Third Place Women's: Delta Zeta

First Place Co-Ed's: St. Albert the Great
Second Place Co-Ed's: Theta Chi Epsilon & Sigma Tau Gamma
Third Place Co-Ed's: Four Wheelers of Michigan Tech


Statue Results

Watch: Winter Carnival Statue Winners 2017

Overall Statue Winners

First Place: Phi Kappa Tau; Second Place: Tau Kappa Epsilon; Third Place: Sigma Tau Gamma and Theta Chi Epsilon








Winter Carnival on Social Media

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Featured Photos


Queen Candidates

2017 Winter Carnival Queen

Amber Toboyek

Amber Toboyek

Sponsor: Alpha Gamma Delta and Roy's Pasties and Bakery

Hello! I am Amber Toboyek and I am extremely excited to be representing Alpha Gamma Delta as a Queen’s finalist! I’m a fourth year Chemical Engineering student here at Michigan Tech and I’m originally from Rhinelander, WI. Besides being a dedicated Green Bay Packer’s fan, I enjoy exploring the Keweenaw, walking dogs at the humane society, having campfires at Breakers, knitting and watching Netflix, and going to half-off appetizers at Applebee’s with my friends! In the Houghton summers, I enjoy playing sand volleyball and going swimming in Lake Superior, if it’s not too cold. Being actively involved with student organizations and activities has been my passion over the past four years. I love participating in Homecoming, Make a Difference Day, and Winter Carnival activities, especially being the bowling ball for Ice Bowling at the Dee. I’ve had the privilege of being the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Risk Management Coordinator, and the Membership Coordinator for my sorority. I also loved being a Resident Assistant for the Wads First Year Experience hall. Thank you to everyone, especially my wonderful sponsors Alpha Gamma Delta and Roy’s Bakery, for all of your support! Have a wonderful Winter Carnival!

1st Runner Up and Audience Choice

Liesl Flannery

Liesl Flannery

Sponsor: Phi Kappa Tau and Celebrations Bridal and Formal

Hello everyone! My name is Liesl Flannery and I am a third year Chemical Engineering major from Negaunee, MI. I am super excited to be representing the Brothers of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity as a Winter Carnival Queens Finalist this year. On campus, I am currently an active member of the Theta Chi Epsilon Sorority where I was recently elected as our Academic Chair, a member of The Order of Omega Greek honor society, a Lifeguard at the SDC pool, and I work in the Athletic Department in the Sports Information Department. In the past, I was a Volunteer Coordinator for the Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck, Vice President of Public Relations for Panhellenic Council where I got the opportunity to be a part of the Greek Week Committee, a part of the orientation team as an Orientation Team Leader for the past two years, worked as an Activity Counselor for Summer Youth Programs, and attended the LeaderShape Institute. When I am not busy with any of those things I enjoy being with friends and family, reading, exploring new places in the Keweenaw, and painting. Thank you to everyone for all your support, especially my merchant sponsor Celebrations Bridal and Floral! I am super excited to experience this opportunity with the other amazing candidates!

2nd Runner Up and Miss Congeniality

Cathleen Saraza

Cathleen Saraza

Sponsor: Huskies Pep Band and Maurices

My name is Cathleen Saraza, and I am representing the Huskies Pep Band in the 2017 Winter Carnival Queen Competition. Maurice’s is my sponsor for the competition (they have nice clothes and other goods, so I recommend checking out the store). My hometown is Sterling Heights, Michigan, and I am a 3rd year Chemistry Major. I am the Treasurer and one of six Student Conductors for the Pep Band as well as a coach for the Chemistry Learning Center. Some of my hobbies are doing yoga, watching movies, and eating popcorn, as well as playing bassoon in the Superior Wind Symphony here at Tech. I want to become the 2017 Winter Carnival Queen because I want to bring honor to the Pep Band. I feel like I have the skills and traits necessary to becoming a suitable Queen. Come to the Queen Coronation next semester and watch as I compete with 7 other finalists for the crown! Also, please vote for me.

Alexis Dani

Alexis Dani

Sponsor: Swift True Value Hardware

Hello fellow Huskies! I am from Sparta, MI and in my fourth year here at Michigan Tech. I will be graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering in December of 2017. I was so sure that Michigan Tech was the school for me, that it was the only university that I applied to. I haven’t regretted that decision as I am receiving a spectacular education while surrounded by an incredible, natural (mostly winter) wonderland. Throughout my time here I have enjoyed being involved with the Dance Team, Rotaract, Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Electrical & Computer Engineering Honors Society), Blue Marble Security Enterprise, & various aspects of student life at St. Al’s. I am also looking forward to my broomball team crushing it this season (in the non-competitive league). Dance has always been a passion of mine and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to continue it with the dance team and as a performer in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra’s production of Swan Lake. When I am not studying or at my organization’s events, I enjoy adventuring in the Keweenaw by hiking, mountain biking (on the non-scary trails), & improving my skills as a (very) amateur photographer. I also love sewing, crocheting, & learning new craft skills. I am honored & excited to represent St. Albert the Great University Parish for the Winter Carnival Queens’ competition. Thank you also to Swift True Value Hardware for sponsoring my candidacy.

Kelli Dekutoski

Kelli Dekutoski

Sponsors: Flowers by Sleeman,
Guardians of the North (AFROTC)

Greetings! Kelli Dekutoski speaking, and I will be one of your candidates for Winter Carnival Queen. I think that I would be a good representative of Michigan Tech because the students ought to have a good leader and role-model to whom they may look, and in whom they may take pride. In my time as a member of the Guardians of the North, I learned how to be an effective leader and diplomat. An effective leader does what they can to accomplish the mission of the organization while ensuring the safety and security of their followers, listens to their followers, resolves conflicts among their followers, and provides an example of behavior for their followers to emulate. Michigan Tech needs a representative like this, and I think I can be the representative the students need. My hobbies include music performance (specifically for voice, violin, and french horn), literature, creative writing, historical studies, language studies, and mathematics. I am involved in such organizations as the Guardians of the North, Arnold Air Society, Concordia Student Ministries, Superior Wind Symphony, and Concert Choir. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you enjoy Winter Carnival!

Rylee Price

Rylee Price

Sponsor: Suomi

Hey Huskies! My name is Rylee Price, and I am honored to be representing the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon during this year’s Winter Carnival! I am a second year Mathematics Major, and after studying abroad in Lima, Peru this past summer I have almost completed my International Spanish Minor. I am a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and in charge of public relations for the Women’s Club Volleyball team. I am fond of traveling, so the past two summers I have spent several weeks volunteering at a Young Life camp in Creede, Colorado. You can often find me with my nose in a book, or working on my next DIY project. I absolutely love being outside, and going on adventures. During my free time, I enjoy backpacking, hiking, camping, and skiing in the beautiful Upper Peninsula. I am incredibly excited to be a queen this year, and grateful for the opportunity to be more involved in Winter Carnival. Thank you to my amazing sponsor, Suomis, and everyone else for helping me make memories I’ll never forget!

Megan Schluentz

Megan Schluentz

Sponsor: Regis Salon

Hi, I'm Megan! I'm honored to be representing Delta Phi Epsilon as a Queen's finalist this year. I'm a fourth year pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a pre-med concentration and a psychology minor. My involvements include Delta Phi Epsilon, MTU Wellness, the Keewenaw Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Tech EMS, Medlife, and orientation! I hail from Muskegon Michigan, and my hobbies include reading, music, traveling, and ice cream. I can eat a lot of ice cream. Thanks to my sponsors Delta Phi Epsilon and Regis Salon for giving me this great opportunity!

Shae Thompson

Shae Thompson

Sponsor: Cyberia Cafe

Hi there! My name is Shae Thomson and I am a third year Medical Laboratory Science major at Michigan Tech. I live in a small town in southern Wisconsin called Pell Lake, but I am originally from California. Moving from the West to the Midwest has been a big change, but I love the UP and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Here at school I am involved with chamber choir, YWLP (Young Women in Leadership program) mentor program, a Chemistry Learning Center coach, and an active member of the women’s fraternity, Alpha Gamma Delta. I have also been fortunate enough to be involved with research for the last semester. Besides being involved in on-campus activities, I love to get outdoors to hike and explore, but most of all I love to weight train. Health and nutrition are a big part of my life and I am very passionate about educating myself on the topic. I am very excited for the Winter Carnival Queen’s competition and I am honored and grateful to be sponsored by Army ROTC and Cyberia cafe.

Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
January 28 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Curling-OPEN ICE Calumet Drill House
January 31 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 2 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 3 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Curling Calumet Drill House
February 4 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Speed Skating Dee Stadium
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Ice Fishing Chassell Bay (Check-in at Sigma Rho house)
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Window Painting Student Development Complex
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
10:00 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
7:00 p.m. Queen Coronation Rozsa Center
February 5 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
10:00 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
10:00 a.m.–Finish Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
February 8 4:00 p.m. All Nighter Campus
8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Live Band Karaoke MUB Commons
February 9 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
1:00 p.m. Beards Competition Fisher 135
3:00–6:00 p.m. Snoball Crash Course DHH Ballroom
5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs Wayne State SDC Wood Gym
7:00 p.m. Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Bigfoot Glowshoe Tech Trails, across from the SDC
7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs Wayne State SDC Wood Gym
9:00 p.m. Escape the Snow MUB Commons
February 10 11:00 a.m. Human Dog Sled Race Softball Diamonds
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tug-o-War Softball Diamonds
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Outside DHH
12:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Hill
2:00 p.m. Campus Tours Admissions Office, McAllister Welcome Center, Memorial Union Building
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Alumni-Student Broomball Broomball Rinks
3:00 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Hill
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Dog Sledding Rides Outside DHH
7:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Ferris State MacInnes Ice Arena
9:00 p.m. Hypnotist Frederick Winters MUB Ballroom
February 11 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Alumni-Student Broomball Broomball Rinks
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Relay for Life Chili Cook-off ROTC Building, Gym
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Book Sale and Free Hot Chocolate J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
12:00 p.m. Women's Basketball vs Saginaw Valley State SDC Wood Gym
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Outside DHH
1:00 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing Softball Diamond Parking Lot
2:00 p.m. Men's Basketball vs Saginaw Valley State SDC Wood Gym
2:00 p.m. Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Concert Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
3:00 p.m. Alumni-Student Broomball Broomball Rinks
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Dog Sledding Rides Outside DHH
5:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Ferris State MacInnes Ice Arena
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.. SnoBall Rozsa Center
8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony Rozsa Center
9:00 p.m. CollegeHumor Live Rozsa Center
9:00 p.m. Torchlight Parade Mont Ripley
9:15 p.m. Fireworks Mont Ripley

View Schedule in Events Calendar

Stage Revue

Come support your favorite organization as they put on a great show!


Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m., Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts


$5 pre-order (online or at the ticket office)
$10 at the door


Stand-up comedian Ryan Conner

Warning: Contains college humor


Statue Map

Want to find your favorite organization or group's statue? Download and view the 2017 statue map that marks the locations of all of the month-long and all-nighter statues, as well as the concession stands.


In order to accommodate the many visitors during Winter Carnival, parking lots 5, 9, and 27 will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February. 8, free of charge, no permits required. Lot 11 will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10. There will be free parking at all metered areas.

Winter Carnival Safety

Michigan Tech Student Affairs and Advancement has put together an important safety message. With so many activities and people, here are a few tips to make Winter Carnival safe and memorable.

Carnival Rule Book

Find the rules, important dates, and contact information for every event for Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. This rulebook is your organization's guide to participation in Winter Carnival.

Become an Event Vendor

An application is required for any organization wishing to set up a booth during the All-Nighter. A $5 non-refundable fee, in the form of a check payable to Blue Key, is required with the submission of this application. All vendors must attend the Vending Safety meeting held prior to Winter Carnival.

Only registered Michigan Tech student organizations and campus departments can participate as vendors during Winter Carnival.

Organizations wishing to sell food other than baked goods or prepackaged products must be licensed to sell these items by the Western UP Health Department, or use the licensed on-campus dining services kitchen. Each organization is solely responsible for obtaining this license. Organizations violating any health department rules will not be able to distribute food during the All-Nighter.


Corporate ($1000+)

  • City of Houghton
  • Michigan Tech President's office
  • Semco Energy Co.
  • Upper Peninsula Power Company
  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Advancement—Michigan Tech
  • Wells Fargo

Copper ($500-$999)

  • Associate Vice Presiden, Advancement and Alumni Engagement—Michigan Tech
  • College of Engineering—Michigan Tech
  • Copper Counter Management
  • Edward Jones: Steve Zutter
  • Graduate School
  • Houghton Super 8 Motel
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company
  • Magnuson Copper Crown Hotel
  • McDonalds
  • Ojibwa Casino
  • Portage Health

Gold ($250-$499)

  • Aspirus Keweenaw
  • City of Hancock
  • Materials Science and Engineering—Michigan Tech
  • Social Sciences—Michigan Tech
  • Jim's Food Mart
  • Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics—Michigan Tech
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton
  • Quincy's Dining
  • Rukkiila, Negro and Associates
  • Superior National Bank & Trust
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Silver ($100-$249)

  • Aire Care
  • Ambassador Restaurant
  • Associate Vice President, Enrollment and University Relations—Michigan Tech
  • Athletic Director—Michigan Tech
  • Carmody-Lahti Real Estate Inc.
  • Copper Country Ford
  • Dean of Students—Michigan Tech
  • Dean of Students—Michigan Tech
  • Favorites Custom Apparel
  • Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences—Michigan Tech
  • Great Lakes Accounting, P.C.
  • Julie's Motor Inn
  • Michael A Lahti Properties
  • Peterlin Bros Co.
  • Superior Graphics Studios
  • Surplus Outlet Inc.
  • Tolksdorf Realty

Bronze ($5-$99)

  • 41 Lumber
  • A1 Toy-Lets LLC
  • Century 21 North Country Agency
  • Copper Country Veterinary Clinic PC
  • Dave's Hancock Service, Inc.
  • Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc.
  • R L Kavorik DDS
  • Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn
  • Schick Enterprises V
  • UP Engineers & Architects Inc.


  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Dee Stadium
  • Festival Foods
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Impaled: Hancock
  • Magnuson Hotel
  • Facilities Management—Michigan Tech
  • Miller's Jewelry & Gifts
  • Mineshaft
  • Mont Ripley
  • Quincy Mine
  • Superior Equipment and Events
  • The Print Shop
  • Transportation Services—Michigan Tech
  • University Images—Michigan Tech
  • University Marketing and Communications—Michigan Tech