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PUNXSUTAWNEY: Red Ribbon Week, Mole Day celebrated

by DEVON VALLIES and JESSE REICHARD on November 16, 2012 11:00 AM

PUNXSUTAWNEY -- From Oct. 22-26, Punxsutawney Area High School held its annual Red Ribbon Week. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) sponsored this event.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that traditionally takes place during the last full week of October. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.

Students participated in a spirit week where they had to wear tye-dye on Tuesday, sweatpants on Wednesday, a hat on Thursday and red on Friday.

Also to promote Red Ribbon Week, the SADD Club sponsored a poster-decorating contest. Each homeroom was given a poster board to decorate.

The poster was to have a Red Ribbon Week theme. Homerooms had more than a week to get their posters done.

The posters were due to Sarah Pack, SADD Club adviser, on Oct. 26.

The posters were then judged by a panel of teachers. The winning homeroom, Angela Cesario's, won a pizza party.

"I think Red Ribbon Week is a great way to help kids not make bad decisions," said Carley Smith, a senior in Cesario's homeroom. "It was an honor to win the poster contest and to promote being drug-free."

Mole Day

What exactly is Mole Day? Mole Day is the unofficial holiday known more commonly in the science world on Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.

Mole is actually a number which is 6.02 x 1023.

Each year Jennifer Weible, Lori Burkett and Susan Lainey's science classes participate in Mole activities like decorating Moles to be anything from Hannah Moletana (a mole dressed as Hannah Montana) to Moleton John (Elton John).

This year's theme was Molar Eclipse. The science club sold Mole Day T-shirts for $10.

The classes also had a food fest with fun activities. Burkett's class held "how big is mole" and "Mole Day PUNishment activities. Weible's classes had a food fest and a mole hole tournament (corn hole).

The winners were Ethan Ambler and Dakota Thomas for one class and Brandon Blose and Jerod Meterko for the other class.

The winner for Best in Show in Burkett's class was Phil Molbertson by Austin Covatch; MVP was Alex Molegan by Sarah Heitzenrater; Best Music Themed was a tie between Jason Moldean by Britta Lee and Freddy Molecury by Johnathan Lugham; Most Creative was Eskimole by Claire Minick; and the funniest was Roly Poly Moly by Brook Grove.

"It's always a lot of fun on mole day!" said Weible. "It's just a way for us to bring attention to chemistry and have some fun as well."

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