Coach Hillary Cool held her culminating assembly for this year's Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association on February 12th. The Reaney Memorial Auditorium at DHR was literally jumping with excitement and competition.
Coach Cool began the assembly with a story that explained why she, herself, had become so committed to helping the American Heart Association. Coach Cool shared the story of Anna King, a former student of Coach Cool, who was afflicted with a very serious and rare heart disease. The students watched a video about Anna. In the video Anna explained her struggle with heart disease, her long wait for a heart replacement, and her thanks to children everywhere who jump rope to raise funds to combat heart disease.
Coach Cool thanked the parents and students who worked so hard to raise those funds and the fifth grade girls who organized spirit week donations for the program. Although the final count was not yet in, coach Cool reported that the total amount raised was over $2500.00.
Mrs. Schoff, the announcer of the event, started with the winners of the Jump Rope for Heart Coloring Contest: 1st place: Alysah Semple, 2 nd place: Sydney Hazzard, and 3rd place: Logan Snell
Mrs. Schoff then announced the winners of the Poster Contest: 1st place: Kaylee Jones, 2nd place: Jade Dygert, 3 rd place: Shadaya Fuller, and 4th place: Quinn Battisti.
Then the jump rope competitions began!!! The Jump Team started the event with a dance routine and the competitions, stunts, and performances ran one after another. Winners from the various age categories included the following: Jackson Polidori, Kali Hazzard, Sydney Hazzard, Galen Straney, Savannah Hayes, Shayna Straney, Kelsey Walter, Kevin Saunders, Kendall Przestrzelski, and Jordan Simzer.
The assembly ended with students winning the principal's challenge! Students were able to turn Principal Marzeski into a great big hot fudge sundae with all the toppings. A truly great time was had by all!!
More pictures from the event can be seen on our Facebook page here.