Illustration of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Welcome to Winter Carnival 2018

Myths and Tales of the Past
in Our Frigid Forecast

February 8–11, 2018

Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown into one of the biggest annual winter celebrations in the nation. Known for huge, intricate snow statues around campus and the community, Carnival also brings Huskies together to compete in broomball, comedy skits, human ice bowling, and a queen coronation.

2018 Overall Results

Congratulations to Phi Kappa Tau, overall Winter Carnival 2018 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 Winners:

First Place Men's: Phi Kappa Tau
Second Place Men's: Army ROTC
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: Sigma Tau Gamma and Theta Chi Epsilon
Second Place Co-Ed's: St. Albert the Great
Third Place Co-Ed's: Four Wheelers of Michigan Tech

Statue Results

Statue Winner Highlights

Winter Carnival on Social Media

View more photos on Flickr

Featured Photos


Queen Candidates

2018 Winter Carnival Queen and Audience Choice

Cora Taylor

Sponsors: Swift True Value Hardware and Delta Phi Epsilon

Hey! I’m Cora Taylor, a troll from the small town of Charlevoix, MI, where I spent summers water-skiing, sailing, camping, and climbing trees, winters snowboarding, skiing, and building snow forts. After visiting Tech with my alumni-dad and the rest of my family, I knew this was the place for me. Over the past three years while I have studied mechanical engineering, I have also joined, probably too many things: Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, where I have held the positions of Statue Chair and Winter Carnival Chair. Those positions led me to join the Panhellenic Council Executive Board as the Vice President of Scholarship. Alongside my Greek involvement, I have been an Orientation Team Leader three times, and will spend my 2018 summer in Houghton as a member of the Orientation Executive Staff. On a more academic note, during my second year, I joined the Formula SAE Enterprise team; now, I am President. I also serve on the SAE Executive Board, mechanical engineering Student Advisory Council, and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board. With all my involvement on campus and my love for Tech I will make a great Winter Carnival Queen. I would also like to thank my sponsors, Delta Phi Epsilon, Swift True Value Hardware, my friends, and family. Go Huskies!

1st Runner Up

Caroline Spezia

Sponsor: Suomi Restaurant and Waino Wahtera Center

Hello, Huskies! My name is Caroline Spezia and I am honored to be representing the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success as a Queens finalist this year. I’m a fifth-year chemical engineering student originally from New Jersey and I will be graduating in May. I remember driving through Houghton for the first time, seeing the remnants of snow statues and wondering what it would be like to attend a university where students spent weeks building statues out of snow and ice. Since then, Winter Carnival has become one of my favorite Michigan Tech traditions. While attending Tech, I have developed a passion for travel; I’ve studied biology in the Bahamas and international communications in Italy. In the winter, I can be found ice skating, snowshoeing, or snowboarding on Mount Ripley. In the warmer weather, I enjoy paddle boarding on the Portage and swimming in Lake Superior. My favorite night consists of a bonfire with friends and hammocking under the stars. I love hiking new trails and discovering waterfalls-- sometimes even getting lost. On campus I stay busy as the President of the Chemical Engineering Student Advisory Board and being the Lector Ministry Leader at St. Albert the Great. I have enjoyed my years as a cheerleader for the football and basketball games. My goal is to make memories that will last a lifetime. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be more involved in Winter Carnival. Thank you to my generous sponsor, Suomi, and the other Queen Candidates for helping me make memories I will never forget!

2nd Runner Up and Miss Congeniality

Grace Carey

Sponsor: Roy's and Army ROTC

Hello! I’m Grace and I’m the queen candidate for Army ROTC. I’m a fourth-year dual major in biomedical engineering and pre-med. I grew up in Livonia, MI and I enjoy traveling, hiking, trying new activities ... and food. I also enjoy relaxing with a movie, going to the Humane Society, and hanging out with friends. I love being involved on campus and attending events, such as performances at the Rozsa and other cultural events. I also enjoy hosting events on campus, as Vice President of the Spectrum Connection I helped host the film Life, Animated during the 2016 41 North Film Festival. I also have a passion for volunteering and am a member of organizations that help out the community. I’m a member of the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team, Pre-Health Association at Tech, and the Health Professional Honors Society. I’m looking forward to participating in another amazing Winter Carnival; for Army ROTC, I have consistently participated in Winter Carnival activities like the stage revue, month long statue building, window painting, and the Yooper Sprint. I’m pleased to be representing Army ROTC as well as my sponsor Roy’s as a candidate for Winter Carnival Queen. Have a safe and exciting Winter Carnival!


Virginia Cistaro

Sponsors: Chickadees and St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

Hello! My name is Virginia Cistaro and I am a second-year geological engineering major. Yes, that means I really like rocks! But, contrary to popular belief, I do not lick rocks. I enjoy a good board game and I can tell you a thing or two about the Lord of the Rings stories. I always try new hobbies, such as Muay Thai kickboxing and swing dancing, but I am also a big fan of swimming and hiking while rockhounding along the way. My favorite way to volunteer in Houghton is visiting the elderly at the Bluffs. The elders are very amiable; I appreciate having older friends to laugh and make crafts with. In the past, I really enjoyed painting windows, going curling, and helping with the all-nighter statue in the Winter Carnival events with St. Albert the Great. I have to say, no Winter Carnival would be complete without the magnificent Ice Chapel that we build; I am proud that I helped work on the chapel during last year’s carnival. I would like to thank all of you for reading this, and a special thanks goes to my sponsors Chickadees and St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.


Greta Colford

Sponsors: Maurices and Phi Kappa Tau

Hello! I am Greta Colford and I am excited to be a 2018 Winter Carnival Queens finalist representing Phi Kappa Tau and Maurices. I am a fourth-year mechanical engineering student originally from Eden Prairie, MN. I love all that the Keweenaw has to offer and in my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the beauty of the Upper Peninsula. I am always down to play broomball, ski, and spend time with my friends in and around town. You have probably seen me around campus through many of the student organizations and activities I have been involved in for the past four years, including Alpha Gamma Delta, the Undergraduate Student Government, The LeaderShape Institute, and the Michigan Tech Aerospace Enterprise. I also may have helped you as a Coach at the Multiliteracies Center, or ran into you at the Tech Trails cross country skiing. I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially my incredible sponsors Phi Kappa Tau and Maurices! I hope you all have a safe and happy Winter Carnival; go Huskies!


Taylor DeWitt

Sponsors: Cyberia Cafe and Alpha Gamma Delta

Happy Winter Carnival 2018! My name is Taylor DeWitt and I am a fourth-year chemical engineering student from Negaunee, MI. I am thrilled to represent Alpha Gamma Delta as a Queens finalist for Winter Carnival! A little about me: in my free time I enjoy hiking to the numerous Keweenaw waterfalls, reading, kayaking, skiing, and watching Netflix under a cozy blanket. I have been very involved in campus life while at Michigan Tech; I have participated in several student organizations, such as Alpha Gamma Delta, Order of Omega, the Panhellenic Council, and the Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise. I have had the privilege of serving as a Panhellenic Representative, Vice President of Campus Relations, Vice President of Chapter Wellness, and Vice President of New Member Experience for Alpha Gamma Delta. I have also served as Vice President of Records for Panhellenic Council and worked as an Orientation Team Leader. This year, I am looking forward to serving as President of Order of Omega. Volunteering in the community is my passion, and student organizations have allowed me to do that while at Michigan Tech. I want to thank everyone for supporting me, especially Cyberia Cafe and Alpha Gamma Delta. Have a great Winter Carnival!


Jessica Geroux

Sponsors: Celebrations Bridal and Formal Wear and Society of Women Engineers

Hello! My name is Jessica Geroux, I’m a fifth-year mechanical engineering student from Minneapolis, MN, and I am excited to run for Winter Carnival Queen. I’m President of the Society of Women Engineers and enjoy working with my fellow engineering students. I work in the Study Abroad office as a Global Ambassador promoting opportunities abroad for Tech students--especially language programs. If I’m not reading a book, I can be found exploring the Keweenaw with my friends, petting cats at the Humane Society, and hanging out near the Library Cafe. Since coming to Michigan Tech over four years ago, I realize that Houghton has played a fundamental role in my development as an individual and an aspiring engineer through the array of opportunities presented to me through coursework, activities, and organizations. Thank you to everyone, especially my amazing sponsors, the Society of Women Engineers and Celebrations Bridal and Formal, for all of your support.


Amanda Marciniak

Sponsor: Regis Salon and Guardians of the North

Hello there! My name is Amanda Marciniak and I will be graduating this spring with a degree in electrical engineering. In my four years at Tech I have been involved as the President of Silver Wings – a civil service sister organization to the Air Force, Project Manager for the SENSE Enterprise, a member of the Cheer Team, and participated in a faculty-led study abroad to England. I am beyond excited to represent the amazing Guardians of the North in this year’s Winter Carnival Queen’s Competition. While I am not in ROTC myself, I am in the Technical Degree Sponsorship Program for the United States Air Force, and will be attending Officer Training School this summer. Thank you to everyone, especially my lovely sponsor Regis Salon for all your support.

Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
January 12 12:01 a.m. Month-Long Statue Building Begins Campus
January 27 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Yooper Sprint Softball Diamonds
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
3 p.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
January 28 10 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Snow Volleyball Softball Diamonds
1 p.m. Cross Country Skiing Softball Diamonds Parking Lot
January 30 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 1 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Ice Bowling Dee Stadium
February 3 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Ice Fishing Chassell Bay (Check-in at Sigma Rho house)
11 a.m.–Finish Curling Calumet Drill House
7 p.m. Raffle Drawing During the Queen Coronation, Rozsa Center
7–9 p.m. Queen Coronation Rozsa Center
9 p.m.–Finish Speed Skating Dee Stadium
February 4 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
February 7 4 p.m.–12 a.m. All-Nighter Campus
5 p.m. Broomball Skills Competition Broomball Rinks
5 p.m. Alumni Association Serving Hot Chocolate
*while supplies last
Alumni House
5 p.m.–1 a.m. Filmboard presents: Ice Age on snow!
Shown on our snow screen for free—looping through the night.
between Walker and DHH
8–11 p.m. Rail Jam, Sponsored by Boardsports Enterprise near DHH
8–11 p.m. Karaoke, Sponsored by MUB Board MUB Commons
8–11 p.m. Hot Chocolate, Sponsored by MUB Board MUB Commons
8 p.m.–4 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Sponsored by Guardians of the North Fisher Hall
9 p.m. Broomball All Star Game Broomball Rinks
9 p.m.–12 a.m. Keweenaw Area Alumni Chili Run - find the food truck on campus!
*while supplies last
February 8 12–8 a.m. All-Nighter Statue Building Campus
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Broomball Broomball Rinks
1 p.m. Beards Competition Fisher 135
2–5 p.m. SnoBall Crash Course DHH Ballroom
7–10 p.m. Bigfoot Glowshoe, Sponsored by Wellness Tech Trails
7 p.m. Stage Revue Show Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 9 9 a.m. Downtown Window Banner Voting Closes  
11 a.m. Human Dog Sled Race Softball Diamonds
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tug-o-War Softball Diamonds
Noon–4 p.m. Sleigh Rides Lot 14
12:30 p.m. Downhill Skiing Mont Ripley Ski Area
1–3 p.m. Snow Soccer, Sponsored by the Men's Soccer Club Upper and Lower Soccer Fields, near the SDC
2 p.m. Campus Tours for Prospective Students, Alumni, and Friends, sponsored by Admissions McAllister Welcome Center, Memorial Union
3 p.m. Snowboarding Mont Ripley Ski Area
3–6 p.m. Dog Sled Rides Walker Lawn
5:30 p.m. Ice Mass St. Albert the Great Ice Chapel on the Lawn
5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. Film Board presents Thor: Ragnarok Fisher 135
7:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Bemidji State MacInnes Ice Arena
9 p.m. Winter Carnival Comedian - Josh Blue Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
February 10 11 a.m. Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale Van Pelt Library
Noon Snowman Left Behind (World Record for Most Snowmen Built in One Hour) Sherman Field
Noon–4 p.m. Sleigh Rides Lot 14
2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m. Film Board presents Thor: Ragnarok Fisher 135
3–6 p.m. Dog Sled Rides Walker Lawn
5:07 p.m. Hockey vs. Bemidji State MacInnes Ice Arena
8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
9 p.m. Downtown Businesses Bonfire Waterfront Firepit
9:15 p.m. Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Mont Ripley Ski Area
9:30 p.m. SnoBall Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

View Schedule in Events Calendar

Stage Revue

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


Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m., Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts


$10 General Admission; no charge for Michigan Tech students


Stand-up comedian Collin Moulton

About Collin Moulton

Warning: Contains college humor

Students performing


Statue Map

Want to find your favorite organization or group's statue? Download and view the 2018 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 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 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

The rules, important dates, and contact information for every event Winter Carnival event. This rule book 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 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 All Nighter.


Corporate ($1000+)

  • Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn*
  • Inter-Residence Housing Council*
  • Michigan Technological University Office of the President
  • Student Affairs and Advancement
  • Parent's Fund at Michigan Tech*
  • Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau*
  • City of Houghton
  • Wells Fargo

Copper ($500-$999)

  • Dee Stadium*
  • College of Engineering
  • Director of Housing and Residential Life
  • Houghton Super 8 Motel
  • Keweenaw Brewing Company
  • Ojibwa Casino Resort
  • Copper Country Management Inc - McDonald's of Houghton
  • Sian and Steven Marshall
  • The Print Shop*
  • Edward Jones - Steve Zutter
  • Graduate School
  • Gary & Brenda Patterson
  • Daily Mining Gazette

Gold ($250-499)

  • Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Social Sciences Department
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department
  • Rukkila, Negro & Associates, CPAs, PC
  • Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Department
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • SEMCO Energy
  • Quincy Dining Company*
  • Houghton City Transit*
  • City of Hancock
  • Chemistry Department
  • Massie Manufacturing
  • Jim's Food Mart
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton

Silver ($100-$249)

  • Dean of Students
  • Enrollment and University Relations
  • Chemical Engineering Department
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson*
  • University Images*
  • Aire Care
  • Aspen Appraisals
  • Ruth L. Nara
  • Peterlin Distributing
  • Superior Graphics Studios Ltd.*
  • Athletic Director
  • Bush Grubb Hines Certified Public Accountants
  • Copper Country Veterinary Clinic PC
  • Victoria's Kitchen Inc.
  • UP Engineers & Architects Inc
  • Country Village Shops
  • Julie's Motor Inn
  • Mont Ripley Ski Area*
  • Surplus Outlet
  • Mike Lahti Rentals
  • Houghton Community Broadcasting Corp.
  • Ambassador Bar
  • Joseph & Kerry Maloney

Bronze ($5-$99)

  • Quincy Mine Hoist Association*
  • David and Lavone Bush
  • Century 21 North Country Agency
  • Mariner North
  • Joshua P. Olson
  • Portage Dental Health
  • Portage Quilt House LLC
  • The Calumet Theatre
  • Dave's Hancock Service Inc
  • Gregory O. Marshall
  • Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc.
  • R. L. Kavorik DDS
  • A-1 Toy-Lets LLC
  • Festival Foods*
  • Remax Douglass Real Estate
  • 41 Lumber
  • The Mineshaft
  • Todd and Karrie Haugh
  • William & Sandra Robertson
  • Donald and Carol Nancarrow

*denotes product donor