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Battle of the Faculties a fierce competition

by LORRAINE YERGER on February 22, 2013 3:00 PM

On Feb. 15, students of all ages in the Indiana Area School District got rid of any sentimental feelings left over from Valentine’s Day and prepared themselves for the intense contest that would take place that night.

At 7 p.m. at the senior high, students from all four elementary schools, both high schools and the Kiwanis Club convened to compete in the annual Battle of the Faculties. This fundraiser event donated all proceeds to Hopeful Hearts, a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps counsel children through the loss of a loved one.

At Battle of the Faculties, staff members of each school in the Indiana district formed a team that competed against the other schools in a variety of events. These include a basketball shoot off, a pie-eating contest, a pingpong relay and other various displays of athletic abilities by the teachers.

Although it was a close battle all night with impressive feats from every participant, at the end of the night, East Pike was crowned victor of the 2013 Battle of the Faculties. The rotating trophy that is awarded each year was presented to the members of the East Pike team, where it will stay for the remainder of the school year.

In addition to charging $1 admission fee, Key Club members ran a concession stand which also contributed to the fund for Hopeful Hearts, and was very popular with the students.

“Our cotton candy machine was a huge hit. I was basically doing that the whole time. It was such a pleasure making those adorable kids so happy,” said Hannah Schwartz, a sophomore at the senior high and active Key Club volunteer.

This annual event was organized by Key Club, chaired by seniors Austin Jasper and Jacob Williamson-Rea. In total, Battle of the Faculties raised more than $9,000 for Hopeful Hearts.

Students showed up a half-hour early to get spots in the already-packed gym. Throughout the night, students sat in designated areas with their schools and filled the gym with loud cheers, and at the end of the night the rotating Spirit Stick was awarded to Horace Mann, rewarding the students for having the most energetic fan section.

“It was a lot of time and effort but it was worth it, especially to send over $9,000 to Hopeful Hearts,” said Jasper, senior co-chairman of the event.

Hopeful Hearts coordinator Diane Giever added, “Key Club has been instrumental in supporting Hopeful Hearts for the past five years through various fundraisers they sponsor. Without the help of Key Club, we could not have served the grieving families in our community. They have truly made a difference in the lives of many children. For this, they should be very proud.”

At the end of the night, the Battle of the Faculties surprised no one by being wildly successful and well-received by all. Judging from the enthusiasm of its participants, similar success should be expected in the upcoming years.

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