La Vega High School Students Win Bush’s School ChallengeMonday, February 27, 2012 By Briana Gongora
On February 4, the La Vega High School Pirates won first prize in the Bush’s School Challenge, which awarded their school $1,500. The prize was received by the high school’s principal Sam Sexton. The Pirates won first place by raising the most money for the MDA Muscle Walk, beating schools such as Hamilton HS and Midway HS, and others from Lampasas ISD and Temple ISD. In just a little over a month’s time, the Pirate team raised a total of $3,335.80 for the MDA Walk. Pirate Team members include various students from LVHS and individuals from the community such as Alexander Hernandez, David Hernandez, Haley Smith, Viviano Solano, Mark Solano, David Soto, Joseph Wilson, Rebecca Olmeda, Virginia Quijada, Shanna Singletary, Jake Singletary, Thomas Singletary, Chance Walker and me, Briana Gongora. Accompanying the Pirate team was the LVHS Drumline and the La Vega Junior High Cheerleaders. Both groups performed at the walk and received many compliments for their outstanding school spirit. In fact, the LVHS Drumline was asked to participate in an MDA Walk earlier this month in Dallas. MDA is the nation’s largest voluntary health agency. It funds neuromuscular research, health care services and education. MDA has invested almost $39 million into research for 43 forms of muscle-damaging diseases, and more than 80 million into health care services for children and adults affected by these conditions. The Pirates plan on participating in the MDA Muscle Walk again next year and would like to encourage all LVHS students as well as the community to become involved and help this great cause. Congratulations, Pirates, on a job well done!