Penny wars made cents

Story by: Allison Yoder, staff writer
Photo by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

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This past February, Mt. Vernon High School held the Penny Wars, which raised money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and gave interesting prizes to the winning class, including the privilege of getting to eat lunch outside for the entire fourth quarter. Usually this is a very competitive week at Mt. Vernon. This year, the donations were steady.

As NHS members were walking around the cafeteria, reminding everyone of Penny Wars, they stopped at each table to explain a little tidbit to students about where the donations would go and how good of a cause this was. They explained that throughout the week, the money raised was growing steadily. They stated that last year they raised over $1,000, and hoped to raise that or more this year.

“Penny Wars was pretty successful. We raised over $1,000, but it was definitely not as good as past years,” said Lauren Matson, 12.

Mt, Vernon High School fortunately pulled out with a good amount of donations. In the end, the fundraiser was a success. The senior class won by a landslide, and NHS ended up raising $1,241.39, with $1,087.52 being donated by the seniors.

Penny Wars made a difference, and helped give to Riley Children’s Hospital. This made the fundraiser a prosperous event.


Ragu for Riley

Photo provided by: Lily Erlewein

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People who stopped by Ragu for Riley before the basketball Homecoming game on Friday, January 15th, not only got some tasty pasta, but also helped NHS raise $1092.07. This brings the total money raise for Riley Children’s Hospital so far this year to $1592.07.

NHS will continue to raise money for Riley by participating in the Riley Dance Marathon in April.

Socktober is here


Did you know that socks are the least donated clothing item? With fall in full swing and winter quickly approaching, local shelters are in desperate need of clothing donations.

In order to help fill this need, National Honor Society is collecting new socks that will be donated. Students should bring in new, packaged socks to their first block classes. Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 6.

As an added incentive, NHS is offering a donut party to the class that brings in the most socks.

Want to learn more about Socktober? Check out this video by Kid President. 

Dancing for a cause

Story by: Ryan Dockery, News and Copy Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Photo Editor

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The Mt. Vernon Riley Dance Marathon was held on April 11 and helped to raise $8,246.12 for Riley families. The event was run by National Honor Society and was coordinated from the beginning of the year.

The event featured some performers from MV including MV’s a capella group, Locked Out, as well as other solo performers such as Rylie Gendron and Jake McCarty.

“Riley Dance Marathon was a very cool experience and I enjoyed seeing come together to support a great cause,” said Ashley Fritz, 11, “Riley Hospital is very dear to my heart and it was amazing seeing our community come together.”

Other events at the event included a bounce house, a cake walk, and cornhole. With faces tattooed with Riley stickers, many participants hit the dance floor to show their support for Riley kids.

Mt. Vernon is not the only school with a dance marathon. In fact, many schools including Purdue, Ball State, and Indiana University have marathons, some of which include 24 hours of dancing.

The idea is that people at the marathon will dance and have fun on behalf of the kids who may not be able to do that because they are ill. Next year, NHS is hoping to have an even bigger event with an even bigger turnout and revenue for Riley Children’s Hospital.