Relay for Life event at Hughson High School nearly here

Teens in the Newsroom ProgramApril 23, 2013 

It's been all hustle and bustle at Hughson High School, as the leadership class prepares for Relay for Life the first weekend in May.

Many fund-raisers, activities and preparations have been put toward the May 3-4 event since its announcement three months ago.

The leadership class, relay teams and the American Cancer Society have been putting every effort into making Hughson High School's first Relay for Life the best possible.

What makes the Hughson effort unique is that it is student-run. Itis the only high school Relay for Life from Redding to Bakersfield.

The relay will be a 12-hour event, lasting from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The event is open to the public from 7 to 10 p.m.

The leadership class is halfway to reaching its goal of $20,000.

One big achievement for the Hughson relay was its involvement in the American Cancer Society's March Madness event. Hughson was neck-and-neck with several major high schools across the state in a competition to raise the most online donations.

In the end, Hughson, the small school of about 750 students, won the event — a great accomplishment for its first relay.

Many fund-raisers and activities have been held by teams to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

A three-on-three basketball tournament held by the Hughson leadership class's registration chairman, Dalton Taylor, and entertainment chairman, Kyle Kerlee, raised $300.

A fund-raiser put on by the leadership class included a bake sale. Doughnuts and other baked goods were sold to support the fight against cancer.

In addition, a yard sale was held to raise money for a relay team. Recently, a spaghetti dinner was held by Team 4-H, which raised $800. Also, a tamale sale will be coming up in the near future to raise even more money for the relay.

Overall, Hughson High School's Relay for Life has been a hot topic.

Flag football fun Saturday

Hughson's next major fund-raiser will be a relay kickoff held by the relay team The Lord's Force, headed by team captain Christian Brown.

The event will be held at Hughson High's football stadium Saturday. The team is going to have a flag football tournament, bounce houses, a DJ, raffles, food vendors and much more.

Admission is free.

For those wishing to play in the football tournament, there is a fee of $5 per player for an eight-person team.

For more information, check out the Facebook account for Hughson Relay Football, or its Twitter account, @relay209.

To register a team, email with your team name and roster complete with names, ages and gender of players.

Hughson High School's Relay for Life needs your help to make its event successful.

All money earned will go directly to the American Cancer Society to support the individuals and families that have been dealing with cancer.

Mark Borges is a freshman at Hughson High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.

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