Pajama Jam celebrates end of semester

IMG_9777KNOXVILLE – Popcorn, karaoke, pajamas; it’s like a sleepover, but with all of Johnson Hall!

Dozens of girls from Johnson Hall gathered in the Phillips-Welshimer Gym last night to spend some time together and away from homework before the end of the school year.

“It was fun to just relax and have girl time in the midst of a chaotic week,” said Hannah Baker, freshman.

Juniors Ashley Cennedi and Jordyn Pearson spend time at the nail and makeup station.

Pajama Jam is a yearly tradition designed as a fun end-of-year event for the students in Johnson Hall to relax and spend time together.

“The RAs come together with a bunch of different ideas and we talk about whatever ones everyone would like the most and divvy up responsibilities,” senior Hayli Habig explained. Habig attended Pajama Jam two years as a student and two years as an RA.

Competitors race to be the first to eat their donut.

Large group activities got everyone involved like a giant Just Dance and a rap freestyle circle.

Other activities included karaoke, an eating a donut off a string competition, giant hungry hungry hippo, tic tac toe, and blindfolded makeovers.

“My favorite activity was probably dancing,” freshman Makenze Hinchey said. “It was also fun watching the other people play tic tac toe and other stuff like that because they were competitive.”

IMG_9746In addition, there were stations set up such as a nail and makeup table, twister, hula hoops, and an inflatable slide. Students could also stop by the entrance to grab popcorn and a snow cone, order a Johnson Hall shirt, or grab some props for the photo booth.

Laughter was uncontrollable as the rap battle began.

“I loved the inflatable slide, karaoke, and rap battle!” said Baker.

In the midst of all the activities, attendees had the opportunity to create community with one another.

“It was nice to get in my pajamas and have a great time with friends and girls I had yet to meet while we danced around and played games,” said freshman Jordan Hess.

Above all, it was time to de-stress and have fun.

“I loved Pajama Jam!” Hinchey said. “It was just something fun to do where we could get away from school and our responsibilities and go have fun with the girls and not worry about what people thought about us because we were going crazy.”

The black team rushes to catch up to the white team in a game of tic tac toe.


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