September 15th, 2012.
2nd Annual Ryan's Superhero 5K/Walk.
Members of Oxford High School's student council gathered at Colonial Tavern this morning, bright and early, at 6:30am. Before runners showed up to register, there was lots of setting up to do in order to prep for the big event, which was expected to be an even larger turn-out than last year. Even though it wasn't school-wide, the group felt honored to be involved with such a great event within the community.
"It's important that student council participates in events outside of the high school environment- it shows that we do really care about our community and try to help in any way possible," said Sarah DeNisco, a senior at Oxford High. "Raising awareness for such a tragic event, and doing so through heath and exercise, is the best way to put ourselves out there and really come together."
Not only did the students volunteer, but some of them were up to the challenge of running the race as well. One of the runners, Kaitlyn Speaker, agreed that "it was great to be proactive and wake up early to help out for a great cause."
Oxford senior and student council member (and Batman, as seen in photos), Jason Mraz, was heavily involved with the race both years. When asked about the number of kids who came out to show their support, he said "I didn't think this many people would volunteer to set up. It's great how the OHS community could help support the cause this year and keep the memory of Ryan alive."
"We were just as successful as we were last year, if not maybe a little more," said Jess Hagstrom, one of the race coordinators. "We definitely couldn't do it without the help from all the members of the committee and support of the community."
Although a majority of the student council volunteers will be graduating next June, many of them plan to help out again next September when the 3rd annual race rolls around.
OHS Student Council Car Wash.
Directly following the Superhero 5K, students gathered at Oxford Center School on Rt. 67 for a car wash. The group held the event to raise money towards upcoming school events, like their annual homecoming dance, which is next month.
"We had the perfect day for a car wash and really appreciate everyone who came out to support," said Jackie Ortiz, an OHS senior. "We can't wait to do more in the future and hope to have more success each time!"
The car wash ran from 11am to 3pm and raised over 250 dollars.
*OHS student council's next big event: the annual selling of Oxford "Think Pink" t-shirts to raise money for the Griffin Hospital Cancer Center.