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‘Cancoming’ combines charity and competition

A little fun competition among the classes at Excelsior Springs High School will hopefully go a long way in supporting the community over the next week.  What began Monday, Dec. 2, and will stretch through Thursday, Dec. 12, is a new twist on a canned food drive the students have named “Cancoming.”

“This is a competition between classes (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) to see which class can raise the most cans and/or money,” explained event coordinator Christen Everett.

Each morning the entire student body has been asked to bring all of their collected items to their Extended Learning Time classes so that items can be sorted and counted.  At the end of the Cancoming drive, Everett said, the items would be donated to the Good Samaritan Center here in Excelsior Springs.

But the kicker, she said, was that the event will be capped off at the high school’s first ever 2012 Cancoming Assembly.  During the assembly at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, the class that raises the most money and canned goods will be selected as the Cancoming winners.

“It is at that time that we will present the Good Samaritan Center with the money and cans that we collected, but the fun part is that during the assembly we will have a staff vs. student basketball game,” she continued. “The senior girls vs. the female faculty will be the first half of the game and the senior boys vs. the male faculty will be the second half of the game.”

According to Everett, during halftime of the Cancoming Assembly basketball game one male and one female staff member, who have already been nominated by each class, will be crowned Cancoming King and Queen.  The king and queen will be chosen based on which class collects the most cans and cash.

“This is going to be a really fun event that both celebrates our positive environment, as well as serves an awesome organization that helps so many people in our community,” said Everett.

Teachers and faculty members who have been nominated as Cancoming candidates and will be crowned at halftime after learning which class collected the most include: for the senior class, Jonah Albertson and Susan Hall, junior class candidates Jessica Meyer and Jeff Meyer, sophomore class candidates Katrina Yoakum and Vincent Spallo and freshman class candidates Mark Bullimore and Julie Rash.

By Jae Juarez •

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