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Dance Marathon raises $64,596.95

The FCDM executive committee reveals the total sum of money raised this year, $64,596.95.
The FCDM executive committee reveals the total sum of money raised this year, $64,596.95. Photo by Meghan Poff.

By Alaina King, Hannah Cheatham, Brad Hunt, and Zoe Doebbler

After all the dancing, eating, stories, and games, Dance Marathon came to an end Saturday night.

“This has just been the product of all of our hard work that we’ve worked on for almost a year now and it is just so nice to see it all come to life,” said junior Emily Naville.

Although the process of putting together Dance Marathon was overwhelming, the night proved to be successful.

“This night means so much to me because it is the result of all this drama, stress, exhaustion, and hard work. Everything that has been so overwhelming for months now and seeing it all come together and seeing everyone enjoying themselves is really inspiring,” said senior Sarah Henry.

The night proved to be eventful, even to those attending for the first time.

“Dance Marathon has been amazing and great. It was really nice having the Riley kids talk and share their stories because it was really inspirational,” said freshman Lucas Willman. “My favorite part was the rave; I really enjoyed that.”

Many families from Riley visited Dance Marathon to share their stories.

“Hearing all the kids’ stories has really made me realize why I do this. They have been such amazing people to have gone through this and still stayed positive and came to share their stories and I have been so inspired. My favorite part this year has been meeting the Riley families because since I’m on the Riley Relations Committee I have been talking to them for months now, but tonight was the first time I have met them in person,” said Naville.

One of the Dance Marathon coordinators, English teacher Matthew Townsend, said he hopes Dance Marathon teaches selflessness.

“Dance Marathon means doing something larger and not focusing on ourselves. This is all for the kids and that means doing all we can do so we can provide someone at Riley some kind of hope or inspiration that they didn’t have yesterday,” said Townsend. “All that matters is that Riley has money that they didn’t have before.”

Students involved with Dance Marathon encourage others to experience the event in future years.

“If you have thinking about going next year, then definitely come,” said Naville. “You can’t even comprehend what Dance Marathon is unless you witness it.”

Dance Marathon members prepare endlessly in the hours before today’s event

By Alaina King and Hannah Cheatham

Although the fourth annual Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital does not start for another hour, the committees have been hard at work, some even sleeping on air mattresses in the school last night in order to finish decorating the gym.

“The committees started setting up right after school, and the girl room went to bed around 1:30 a.m. We got up at 8 a.m. and Mrs. Stansbury, Mrs. Martin, and myself made biscuits and gravy, eggs, and bacon for the executive committee,” said Katrina Uhl, one of the Dance Marathon Coordinators.

Only the executive members stayed the night, but others proved their dedication by staying late and coming in early to set up.

“I stayed until 9 and came in at 10 to prepare for the event,” said junior committee member Sydney Davis.

The committee’s main goal was to make sure the gym looked nice and all the booths were prepared.

“Staying the night here was awesome, we spent a lot of time putting things together to make it look great for today so everyone can enjoy themselves and have a great night since they raised money for the kids,” said senior executive committee member Tanner Cook.

Registration for FCDM is ongoing now. The event officially kicks off at 2 p.m. Check back for updates throughout the afternoon and evening for continued coverage.

Cheerleaders placed fourth at nationals

By Hannah Cheatham

This past weekend the cheerleaders went to the national competition in Dallas, where a season of practice and hard work landed them fourth place in the small varsity all-girl division.

“It was disappointing because I knew our team was a first-place team,” said senior Emma Bellus.

Freshman Jensen Stregiel agreed with Bellus.

“I have mixed emotions. I’m sad that it’s over but I’m happy I had the experience,” said Stregiel.

Team members expressed that the fourth-place finish was a memorable part of the season.

“I feel good about how we did,” said junior Taylor Rice. “We all tried our hardest and I think that’s what matters. The memories that we all got to share together means more to me than a national title.”

Stregiel will be on the team next year and has already decided she is going to prepare differently for next season by working harder and focusing on making everything perfect. Rice, who will be a senior next year, expressed her excitement for next year’s opportunity.

“Next year I plan to lead my team by being positive all the time, helping the underclassmen if they need it, and making sure everyone is prepared as much as possible.”

Seniors make Turkey Bowl history

By Hannah Cheatham

There were only four teams in Turkey Bowl history to win the game played as both juniors and seniors.
On Sat., July 28, 2012, history changed. The seniors took the juniors by storm and won with a final
score of 38 to 0 becoming the fifth team to win both games they played.

At the end of the first quarter the seniors led 14 to 0. The juniors kept up their competitive spirit and
continued fighting for a touchdown. By halftime the seniors remained ahead with 22 to nothing lead.

Although the game was supposed to be flag football, the rules were not always followed. From junior Shelby
Sneed being held in a choke hold to junior Rachel Denison getting popped in the mouth with an elbow, both
teams fought for the chance to be the champions.

“The hardest thing for me was keeping the game clean, but still stay competitive,” said senior Erin Baughman.

Junior coaches Julie Hutson and Summers Montgomery said their favorite part of the game was seeing
the girls come together on the field and try to beat the seniors. Juniors Lucy Cathcart and Krista Carlile
both agreed that the overall experience was fun and they cannot wait to get back out on the field next

“All for one, and one for all,” said Hutson.