On May 21st, Marianna High School’s Student Government was released from school to participate in the Annual Relay for Life, held at the Citizen’s Lodge. Sponsor, Debbie Dryden, said that SGA has been a big part of Relay for the 7 years that she has been in charge, as well as many years prior. This year, Student Government had a total of 34 members that participated, and 13 stayed all night long. Throughout the night, SGA made sure they had at least two members walking the track at all times.
MHS SGA students were on hand to assist the American Cancer Society on the day of Relay by filling and placing all of the luminaria bags, as well as placing all of the track markers around the track. Elizabeth Mathis, SGA Executive President was part of the entertainment line-up where she performed several vocal selections during the 10:00 PM hour. Hopkins Pontiac GMC graciously provided the tent for the overnight event, Mr. Dryden (Circle D) grilled hamburgers for the students, and Mr. Bontrager (Bontrager Chiropractic) cooked up a delicious breakfast that was served at 7:00 AM.
SGA had been fundraising for this event since they returned to school after Christmas Holidays. They did after school pizza sells, also sponsored a Kick Butt Spring Fling for their school. Along with those fundraisers, each individual SGA member was required to raise a certain amount. This year a total of $2,635 was raised, which is down, compared to the $4,000 they have been used to raising in the past.
All members had a great time, as usual and look forward to continuing their participation in next year’s Relay.