For the past five years, the staff and students at Boardman Glenwood Middle School have worked hand in hand to raise money for the Relay for Life. The sixth annual tournament has seen the total raised to date exceed $20,000.
According to event coordinator Jenn Dravecky, this year's tournament brought in just over $3,660, which will all go towards the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
"We are very proud of our students and staff," Dravecky said.
The whole program began two weeks prior to the May 17 finale. The students and staff at Glenwood participated in several fundraising events such as seeing who can donate the most change in an event called "Change Wars."
The biggest fundraiser was the dodge ball event itself. Students in all four grades formed teams of 12. Each team had to raise a minimum of $48. The teams are encouraged to raise more and the team collecting the most get T-shirts. Classrooms also collect money to see who can raise the most.
The teams hold two days of eliminations and end up with the top team in each grade level. They face off in the finals and narrow the field to the top team, which faces the faculty team.
In this year's semifinal rounds, the sixth grade team of the DodgeBallers led by Travon Eley beat the fifth-grade team "Like a Boss" led by Shay Eicher. The seventh-grade team "Flight" led by Bryce Richey, beat the eighth-grade team "Black Mambas" led by Dom Pastella, and then the 7th grade team defeated the sixth-grade team to become the school champions.
"The seventh grade team then fell to our undefeated faculty team 'Corporal Punishment'," Dravecky said.