Mayor Has Lunch With Raffle Winner

The Annual Senior Barbeque has been a tradition of Mayor Gary Christenson since he has been in office. Christenson stated that this annual event is “an opportunity for [them] to give back to [the seniors of Malden],” and also “offer them a fun time to spend with their friends.” 

During the Annual Senior Barbeque, all the attendees were given one ticket that was entered in a raffle. The winner is always picked at random and one of the prizes of the raffle was winning lunch with the mayor. 

Every year the mayor allows the winner to choose the restaurant they have lunch at. This year’s winner, Bao Cai Win, chose to have lunch at Yong Yong, a Chinese cuisine restaurant, in Malden. 

Bao Cai Win and Mayor Christenson having lunch together. Photo from the mayor's instagram page.


Christenson values his connection and relationship with the seniors of Malden. He believes that hosting these kinds of events provides him “the opportunity to [...] hear about their issues and concerns,” but more importantly “learn from the experiences they share with [him].”

Julie Yu

Julie Yu is a junior at Malden High School, and has been a part of the Blue and Gold since her freshman year. As she spoke about the Journalism class, she described it as an “amazing experience” because she is surrounded by “beautiful people who are sweet, understanding of [their] peers, and of situations [they] may be faced with.” Yu spoke about how she admires that Journalism “does not embody the traditional essay or assignment from an english class,” but instead allows writers to be creative and write about a topic they enjoy. However, as a junior, the stress and responsibilities of becoming a senior are on the horizon. When asked about what she was most afraid of once she becomes a senior next year, she responded with “Print.” She is worried by the small amount of seniors there will be next year on the Print team to help out with such a big task but even with her worries, she is reassured by the amazing friends and relationships she has built throughout the years.

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