Operation Snowball Goes Virtual


From the top left senior Lily Bosch, senior Emma Murphy, senior Anna Keigher, senior Jack Calomino, senior Leah Noble, senior Jack Prokop, senior Sam Ayodiran and senior Ella Ermshler are all teen directors for Operation Snowball this year.

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H-F’s Operation Snowball has decided to go virtual this year due to COVID-19. For almost 40 years, H-F’s Operation Snowball has given a weekend experience that helps H-F students build confidence, be a positive influence on each other, and helps students stay healthy both mentally and physically. 

Paul Fasse has been an Adult Director for Operation Snowball at H-F for 18 years. Fasse has been working on giving the snowball experience despite the setbacks with virtual. 

“We are in very difficult times and social-emotional support, at the minimum, is vital,” Fasse said. “Therefore, we are developing the best possible Snowball program to promote health and happiness among the participants that attend despite this unfortunate situation.”

Fasse works with his fellow Adult Director Lorrie Maul. For 26 years, Maul has had the privilege to work with students and Operation Snowball. 

Video by Ben Turnquest

“We will continue with the same program as in the past, however without the cabin experience at the camp,” Maul said. “The small group experience should still be the same where participants reflect on the speakers, participate in engaging activities and connect with one another in a smaller intimate setting. For this reason, participants are required to turn their video cameras on throughout the event.”

Snowball’s staff and students have been working since August to provide the normal Snowball experience through virtual. Senior Lily Bosch is one of the Co-Directors for Snowball and has been involved since she was in elementary school. 

“I encourage students to do snowball because it’s a great break from school and can be a good way to meet new people at HF,” Bosch said. “ It’s a positive experience with a community of caring people that can be really helpful, especially considering the state of the world right now.”

 Operation Snowball is set to take place starting Friday Nov. 20, and ending on Sunday Nov. 22. Registration is open now and has been extended through Nov. 1.  The cost is only $50 which covers the cost of a shirt, speakers and supplies for the event.