This is the seventh year for the annual Senior Survivor fundraiser/competition held at the high school. Senior Survivor is a competition where teams spend several weeks fundraising for a charity of their choice in order to qualify as one of the top six teams. These six teams then go on to the competition portion of the event.
The money raised by teams who don’t make the initial cut is then distributed to the remaining six teams based on their placing at the end of the competition. During the competition, the teams compete in several physical and mental challenges that are worth points. The teams arrive at the high school on Sunday at 12pm; they must stay until Wednesday at 5 p.m. when the competition wraps up. During those three days, teams eat the limited rations they are given and often have their sleep interrupted in the night. There are no luxuries or extras allowed so the teams get the experience of surviving.
This year, the six final teams involved were: Kirk Thompson and Izet Murillo with the Wounded Warrior Project; Jacelyn Daniels and Collin Campell with Operation Homefront; Regan France and Duncan Snider with Autism Speaks; Macy Marrow and Matt Shellabarger with the MCSA; Kelsey Vasquez and Peter Hutton with the Dance Marathon; and Jadan Meeks and Ben Morgan with the Make a Wish Foundation.
“My biggest struggle was waking up in the middle of the night and not having a lot to eat, but I really wanted to do this so I knew I was doing something good for a cause,” Regan Frace said. One of the goals of the Senior Survivor competition is to push the students to their limits in order for them to learn valuable life lessons like perseverance and sacrifice. Of course, the other goal is to raise money for charities. It may seem silly to take part in an event with such little personal benefits, but there are many unseen benefits. Although these students sacrificed their sleep, diets, and pushed their bodies physically, they learned valuable lessons, proved to themselves they could do it, and it all benefitted worthy charities.
Points were given to teams based on how they placed in the various challenges, and the team with the most points at the end of the week was awarded the most money from the original pool raised to contribute to their charity. Contestants raised over $15,000 for charity throughout the course of Senior Survivor this year!
Special thanks to all six teams and all who raised money/ donated to the Senior Survivor fundraisers, to the student council volunteers who helped at the event, and the student council advisors for making the event such a success.