by Lauren Holzmann | staff writer

With April being National Cancer Control Month, the American Cancer Society hosts “Relay for Life” for communities to come together and walk to raise money for cancer research.

In preparation for the main event, as well as getting students excited to participate, each school is hosting their own “Paint the Campus Purple” event.

“Purple is the color for general cancer; and so that’s why they chose purple for paint the campus purple,” Beyer said.

However, some people don’t know that it is part of a smaller side competition amongst the schools.

“There is three criteria,” Beyer said. “who’s the most spirited, who raised the most money, and who has the most team effort, so we have to have the three criteria in order to win.” The race will take place the first weekend of May and will be a nightlong event.

“We will have people that will be walking the track at all times from 7p.m. to 7a.m.,” Beyer said. “The race is over off of Bitters. It’s over by Blossom and it’s at the Classics Elite Soccer Complex.”

Other clubs around campus have also decided to support our team by recruiting members of their clubs to participate.

“There are different groups that are supporting like NHS, Student Council, PALS, FBLA,” Beyer said. “I know there [are] more but different organizations are [also] coming out to support [the cause].”

While we may be competing to see who can do the most to promote the “race”, the main goal is to put aside all of the unsolved feuds between schools to come together for a bigger picture.

“It’s not really a race where you get first, second and third,” school sponsor and Algebra 2 teacher, Kayla Beyer said. “We are all part of one big team and it’s kind of supposed to unify us as a school district in support of the American Cancer Society and those who have been affected by cancer.”


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About The Author

Lauren Holzmann is a senior at Johnson High School and is a second year writer for MyJagNews. She is currently the Arts and Entertainment editor. She is also involved in orchestra where she holds an officer position as well as a member in the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Friends Club and is a peer tutor for the special needs students. When she isn't working, Lauren is usually hanging out with friends or binge watching multiple shows simultaneously on Netflix. She is also perfectly capable of remembering every Parks and Recreation episode ever made and wishes she was able to try waffles from JJ's Diner. She has 3 dogs, each more stubborn than the next and a younger sister with whom she shares her birthday.

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