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North Tama NHS raises $650 for Pennies for Patients

May 9, 2014
Ellie Schafer , Traer Star-Clipper

Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. NHS organizes different activities to raise money for this cause. This year, Jayde Vogeler, leader of the Pennies for Patients committee decided NHS should have a penny war and sell raffle tickets for a hot air balloon ride.

"I thought that these activities would be a great way to get the community involved and inform the students that there are people all around us that have leukemia or lymphoma," said Vogeler.

The penny war was held for two weeks in February. Junior high and high school students were able to participate. Each grade had a designated classroom that there jar of money was in. The students tried to fill their own jar of money with pennies and then would try to "hit" the other grades' jars with silver coins or dollars. For example, if you had 100 pennies in your jar but then 2 quarters were put in the same jar, that jar would only be worth 50 cents even though there was $1.50 in it. Kodi Hillman, a sophomore, was one who participated in the penny war. "My favorite part of the penny war is trying to make the other classes lose. I can't for the pizza party the sophomore class is getting for winning," said Hillman.

Along with raising money by having a penny war, NHS decided to try something new this year. Susan Johnson, NHS advisor, and Jayde Vogeler, were talking about what type of activities NHS could do to raise money for Pennies for Patients and Mayor Pete Holden overheard their conversation. Mayor Holden said that he was willing to donate a hot air balloon ride as long as NHS sold raffle tickets for it. The balloon ride could have been on the any nice day the winner wanted and the winner was able to invite 2 people to ride along. NHS members were excited and created raffle tickets and posters right away. NHS members sold tickets at every possible home basketball game, AAU volleyball tournament, or wrestling meet. The winner of the hot air balloon ride was announced over the intercom at school early March. Kerri Stuart was the winner of the balloon ride. "I am excited to go on the balloon ride and I am so happy that the money raised is going to a good cause," said Stuart.

National Honor Society is also busy with their induction ceremony. Each year NHS looks for high school students that demonstrate the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. This year, four students were accepted into NHS on Wednesday the 7th at 5:45 at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Kelsey Pokorny, Abbie Schafer, Jessica Ubben, and Alyssa Wrage are the four new members of NHS.

"I feel very honored to be selected to be a part of NHS. It is a big achievement for my high school career so far because I know it is a hard organization to be accepted into. I always try to do my best when it comes to character, leadership, scholarship, and service, and I look forward to representing my school and community," said Wrage.



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