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Roswell High Highlights "Jersey Shore" to Raise Pennies for Patients

ROSWELL, GA -- From Friday, Oct. 15 until Friday, Oct. 29, Roswell High School raised $10,069.54 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients annual fundraiser.

Roswell High's chapter of the National Honor Society hosted the fundraiser. Together, students and faculty collected two and a half times more than they did in 2009, and five times more than 2008.

Pennies for Patients school and youth campaign manager Kyley Borowski said Roswell High School will probably be the top school in the region and among the top five or seven in the state. Definite statistics and rankings will not be known until mid-April.

Borowski also said that a school the size of RHS would normally donate approximately $2,500.

Language Arts teacher Kristi DeMeester and her first period class contributed the most money of any first period class, collecting $1,114.64 in the two-week campaign.

"[Pennies for Patients] was overwhelming and heartwarming, considering how much these disasters have affected RHS," said DeMeester.

Spanish teacher John Ford came in second place with $723.38; a fellow Spanish teacher, Teresa Player, placed third with $617.67.

NHS co-sponsor Allyson Williams said, "Since leukemia primarily hits young people . . . we felt it was a good fundraiser for people in high school."

Sarah Neas, a junior at RHS, agreed, saying that students could also relate because of the battle that late Roswell student Merrill King lost, and the fight with leukemia that student Evan Walker faced.

"[I am] really proud of all of RHS and their selflessness," said NHS president Sam Ross. He explained that the NHS officers came up with various incentives at their officer meetings. Incentives were at thousand-dollar increments, beginning with $500. The major teacher incentives got most of the money:

* Science teacher Ned Granville dressed as a vampire for $500

* Sam Ross waxed his chest, a la Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin, for $1,500

* Allyson Williams dressed as Lady Gaga for $3,500

* The English department dressed as the cast of "Jersey Shore" for $5,000

"A couple of [the English teachers] already wanted to do it for spirit week, so we jumped at the chance, because it was for a good cause, fun, and only one day out of the year," said Kristi DeMeester, who dressed up as Sammi from the popular TV show.

In the future, Sam Ross says he hopes "that students will continue to be as passionate for helping their neighbors because people have been so apathetic lately."

But not this year. This year, RHS demonstrated that 1,000,000 pennies can make a big difference.