2017 Students In Action Competition
Posted by Michele Fidance on April 19th, 2017
Delaware hosted its annual Student In Action competitions on April 8th at MOT Charter High School and April 12th at Delaware Technical Community College. The nine schools competing were: Cape Henlopen High School, Early College High School, Delmar High School, Lake Forest High School, Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School, Thomas McKean High School and Tower Hill School. A panel of judges from various community organizations evaluated how Delaware Students In Action members described their leadership, engagement, and impact this year through their service efforts.
Cape Henlopen High School participated in 23 service projects throughout the year to accomplish their goals of helping and making a difference in the community, inspiring the passion of service in others, and self improvement. Through their JROTC/Students In Action program, they spoke about their structure and passion for service in helping community organizations.
Delmar High School was one of two Jobs for Delaware Graduates (JDG) schools competing for the first time and shared powerful and emotional testimonials from their Wildcat Wellness Pantry operations throughout the year, as well as their toiletry drive event and collections for both Fall and Mid Winter Conferences.
Early College High School spoke about the vision of their Hornets In Action program to be the local go-to for community outreach and shared stories of their Hoops for Hunger/Haiti project, Penny Wars, Unicef Trick Or Treat, and Rock Your Socks event.
Lake Forest High School was the second of two JDG schools competing for the first time and was able to share how they engaged their school in service during the Haunted Hallways event, Kettle Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, and by collecting items for the Fall and Mid Winter Conferences.
Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, our reigning winner from 2015-2016, shared their motto with the audience: Do Service. Promote Service. Love Service. The students engage all four grades of the student body in service through their Breast Cancer Awareness Week, T-Shirt Blanket Drive, Zumbathon, and (B+)lacklight Dance.
St. Elizabeth High School achieved all of their goals for 2016-2017 by creating two new projects, developing a new leadership structure, partnering with other groups to expand impact, recruit underclassmen, and keep their school involved. They shared stories of their many events throughout the year like their Jingle Bell Run, Peanut Butter Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Rock the Socks, Christmas Card Collection, Penny Race, and Day of Service.
Sussex Technical High School’s motto is: “Ravens for a Cause” who spread their wings throughout the school and community to make a difference. Sussex Tech certainly demonstrated their commitment to their motto in their projects ranging from Positive Post It Notes, Thankful Turkeys to faculty members, Boxes of Joy for homeless shelters, a coat drive for the Ace Peer Center, and collecting the most items of any school for the Fall SIA conference.
Thomas McKean High School’s team, a hybrid of Best Buddies, National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa leveraged their robust team of 42 members throughout the year and were able to host a Best Buddy Ball, serve meals for the Red Clay Presbyterian Church Breakfast Mission, and donate over $3,500 and hundreds of in-kind donations to Polar Bear Plunge, Down Syndrome Association of Delaware and Best Buddies.
The winning school representing Delaware at the Jefferson Awards Foundation National ceremony in Washington, D.C. is Tower Hill School. Tower Hill hosted and formed partnerships to perform many community service projects. From raising $500 at their annual “Hunger Games” tournament to purchase turkeys for the Nor Enterprises Turkey Drive at Thanksgiving, to raising $1,200 at their Hoops for Habitat basketball game for Habitat for Humanity, and leading the school in MLK Day of Service benefiting Emmanuel Dining Hall, Sojourners Place, and the Delaware Humane Society.
Delaware’s Ambassador school, Charter School of Wilmington will be competing in the Ambassador Competition later this month and was able to provide peer judges for the April 8th competition and extra help. We look forward to hearing how they perform in the ambassador level competition!
The Jefferson Awards High Schools throughout the State of Delaware documented over 105,000 hours of community service which represents over $2.4M of financial impact to the community.