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Kelly Smith and Mila Koumpilova, Published October 04 2009

K-12 Notebook: Barnesville team goes pink for charity

The Barnesville, Minn., Lady Trojans volleyball team will sport unusual outfits as they take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels Tuesday. Instead of their customary blue jerseys, the girls will wear pink.

And they’ve challenged their fans to follow suit.

Under the slogan “Volley for a Cure,” the Tuesday game will feature a flurry of fundraisers for Fargo’s Roger Maris Cancer Center. It also will offer a bright-colored, high-energy show of support for community cancer survivors.

Carol Vancura, whose two daughters play on the team, pitched the idea this fall. Last October, she attended a volleyball game-turned-breast-cancer-fundraiser at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and she found the experience incredibly uplifting.

At one point during the game, a presenter asked those in the audience touched by cancer – survivors, those battling the disease, those who’d lost a loved one to it – to stand up.

“Eventually pretty much the whole crowd was standing,” Vancura says. “It was a neat moment.”

Each October, high school and college volleyball teams across the country take part in a breast cancer fundraising push called Dig Pink. The Moorhead Spuds hosted such an event on Thursday, collecting donations for each dig made during their game against Detroit Lakes.

Ahead of the Tuesday game, the Barnesville team, coached by Megan Askegaard, has already sold some 300 pink Volley for a Cure T-shirts. Before the game, the team will host a serving contest. Then, community members will be able to make pledges for every hit, block, set or dig by their favorite players.

Team Captain Tomi Thompson says the pledges won’t add pressure: “We always go out and play our hardest, and this is what we’re going to do. We’re all really excited.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barnesville High School, with JV and B-team games at 6 p.m. The benefit will also feature a silent auction.

Moorhead royalty

Sam Stetz and Heather Hurner were named Moorhead High School’s homecoming king and queen.

Other members of the homecoming court are Abby Anderson, Briana Cary, Morgan Christian, Hilary Enns, Annika Harless, Natalie Huckle, McCall Ostlie, Anna Peterson, Kayla Porter, Vance Dahl, Andrew Fuglestad, Michael Golling, Luke Gotta, Mark Hanna, Ryan Sederquist, Matthias Valan, Cody Wilder and Tom Wixo.

Shanley band pitches in

Fargo band students from Shanley High School collected more than 1,400 books for their annual service project.

They collected the books during their homecoming celebrations to donate to local day cares.

NDSU hosts program

The North Dakota State University math department will host the 14th annual “Sonia Kovalevsky Girls High School Day” on Oct. 10.

The program, which aims to encourage high school girls to consider careers in math and science, is free and open to any area students in grades nine through 12.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10.

Prizes, snacks, beverages and lunch will be provided. Travel reimbursements are available to those traveling more than 100 miles.

The program features a keynote lecture and NDSU faculty workshops.

For more information, go to www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/math/sonia.


Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524.