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Career information teacher’s witchcraft and wizardry helps out fellow Riley’s kids

Career Information teacher and Riley's kid Delbert Hillegas speaks with the FCDM crew before his magic show. Photo by Amber Habron.
Career information teacher and Riley’s kid Delbert Hillegas speaks with the FCDM crew before his magic show as Delbert the Wizard. Photo by Amber Habron.

by Amber Habron and Garland Noel

“I don’t know how they do that, but I love it!”

Career information teacher Dilbert Hillegas is a lot of things.  He is Santa Claus, a magician, and a Riley’s kid.

Using the stage name “Delbert the Wizard,” Hillegas performed a 20-minute long magic show in the main gym benefitting Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve been on stage, and I’ve done motion pictures, and I’ve done all those things, so it’s no big deal in that regard, but it was a little intimidating to me because of having you in class,” said Hillegas.  “You want to do well for that. I hope I did a good job.”

Starting with card tricks, Hillegas progressed to balloon animals, magic hats, rope tricks, and the all-important rabbit trick.  He even used a “nuclear-powered” coloring book, but he couldn’t do it alone.

“I was really glad he picked me,” said student volunteer junior Jordyn

Junior Jordyn Boling admires her new hat while career information teacher Delbert Hillegas announces their next trick. Photo by Amber Habron.
Junior Jordyn Boling admires her new hat while career information teacher Delbert Hillegas announces their next trick. Photo by Amber Habron.

Boling.

While the duo began by making a hat out of paper, Hillegas became Boling’s assistant for the rope trick, which involved cutting an ever-growing rope and removing a knot without untying it.  Hillegas even let her keep the hat.

“I’m so happy I’m just trying not to cry,” said Boling.

Not done yet, Hillegas took off the wizard’s robe to share his story as a Riley’s kid after the morale committee taught the third part of the morale dance.

“Had it not been for that [a doctor at Riley’s], I wouldn’t be standing here, to this day, singing the praises of Riley’s hospital who saved my life,” said Hillegas. “I thank them every day.”

Next year, Hillegas would like to see a corporation support the event so that all of the money goes to Riley’s.

“In the end, 100 percent of our money goes to the kids, and that’s what’s supposed to happen.”

For people who did not attend FCDM this year, Hillegas only had this advice.

“Look at what you missed.  Take a look at that video, and look at what you missed.”

Parent involvement signals success for FCDM

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Wendy and Shaun Ivey work the snow cone table at the Dance Marathon. Photo by Meghan Poff.

By Brad Hunt

Walking through the crowded gymnasiums at the Dance Marathon, most of the participants consist of high school students and teachers at FC. Another group representing the event are the parents of students volunteering throughout the night.

“I haven’t attended before but my kids were quite moved by last year’s marathon. My son, Justin, was more of an actively involved committee member this year so I volunteered for the event as well,” said Carl Applebaum.

Kevin Becht said it was his son Josh’s involvement that finally convinced him to join in the event.

“I’ve been thinking about being going a couple years now but it was Josh’s involvement that pushed me over the edge,” said Becht.

Parents said that students maintain an impressive level of commitment to FCDM.

“It’s great all these kids are volunteering to be a part of this. It’s a Saturday afternoon and they could be doing anything else. Instead they’re here standing for the kids,” said Jeff Barnes.

John Vellinger said he was impressed by students’ ability to organize and promote the event.

“The leadership group seemed like they did a really good job trying to promote it. I know the students worked hard to fundraise and set up the event.”

According to Wendy Ivey, despite all that has been accomplished with this year’s fundraiser, students will immediately begin preparations for next year.

“I didn’t understand the enormity that goes into the event during the school year and knowing that next week they’ll start planning for the following year,” said Ivey.

Applebaum said that FC offers a unique opportunity for students that has not existed in the past.

“35 years ago, which is the last time I’ve been to high school, we just didn’t do things like this. As a parent it’s cool to see how many things the school organizes and how the student body participates,” said Applebaum.

Many parents agree that FCDM is a worthwhile cause for students and adults alike.

“It pays to get involved in whatever that is financially, donating time or anything that creates meaning for the event,” said Applebaum.

Vellinger said the Dance Marathon allows an opportunity for individuals to be altruistic.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved and do something good for someone else.”

Various activities ensure continued fun at FCDM

Senior Brittany Harris launches a ball from the catapult at the upstairs carnival booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Brittany Harris launches a ball from the catapult at the upstairs carnival booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Andrew Sung does a roll over senior Allen Truong during the dance-off by the DJ booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Andrew Sung does a roll over senior Allen Truong during the dance-off by the DJ booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Allen Truong shows off his signature dance moves. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Allen Truong shows off his signature dance moves. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Mike Springer dances by the DJ booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Mike Springer dances by the DJ booth. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Junior Erin Patterson does the "wobble" along with other students. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Junior Erin Patterson does the “wobble” along with other students. Photo by Meghan Poff.
National Guardsman Eric Morath helps freshman Emily Jecker strap into a harness for the inflatable  bungee pull. Photo by Meghan Poff.
National Guardsman Eric Morath helps freshman Emily Jecker strap into a harness for the inflatable bungee pull. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Seniors Jerry La Crosse and Lucy Cathcart attempt to knock one another down with inflatable poles. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Seniors Jerry La Crosse and Lucy Cathcart attempt to knock one another down with inflatable poles. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Sophomore Logan Bishop races through an inflatable obstacle course. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Sophomore Logan Bishop races through an inflatable obstacle course. Photo by Meghan Poff.

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.