Though a chemical spill in the science lab happened weeks ago, campus halls continue to reek of the disgusting stench. Students try to refrain from vomiting, hoping that the smell will dissipate.

Yet, in spite of the stench, room 602, the mecca of all sweet smelling classrooms, is engulfed with the aroma of mixed candles. American history teacher and head football coach, Jon Hall, burns candles in his classroom to combat adverse odors that pervade the building.

“I burn candles because it always smells funny in my room,” Hall said. “It was actually my wife’s idea to start burning candles, and I have been doing it ever since.”

Students seem to enjoy the candle burning in his classroom.

“I really enjoyed Hall’s candles,” Hillary Kell, ’05, said. “My favorite scent was vanilla; I wish all the teachers would burn candles in their classrooms.”

Hall is not the only one who burns candles in the building; flickering flames can also be seen in the high school office.

“Burning candles make us feel really cozy and brings us into the mood of the holiday season,” Yoko Kilbourne, high school secretary, said. “When students walk in the office they really enjoy the smell of the candles. My favorite scent is ginger.”

While many students seem to enjoy the scent of melting wax, other students on campus do not always see it as a purely beneficial idea.

“It doesn’t really bother me that Hall burns candles,” Corey Maxey, ’06, said. “Sometimes he mixes the candle scents and it smells really funky.”

For more information about the staff’s candle burning and other holiday-themed nuances please contact the high school office at 299-1685, ext. 5.