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Breast cancer awareness merchandise breaks sale records By Cindy Meng
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Besides color, the two designs also differ in the logo on the front and the message on the back. To raise awareness Just three days after vington High School for evfor breast cancer, Associated Mr. Willer placed the first or- ery Pink Crew ASB sells. AcStudent Body’s activities di- der of 500 shirts through Cus- cording to Willer, the sponsor rector Ryan Willer modified Ir- tomInk, a representative from chose St. Jude’s organization vington’s traditional Blue Crew the company because stushirts into Pink Crew shirts and emailed Willer “Dealing with breast dents deal created a school-wide product to express her with hardcancer is a difficult sit- ships regardthat generated 430 sales with- excitement rein 16 days of its release date garding this uation; many students ing patients on Monday, October 14. creative fund- want to do something affected by ASB also changed raising idea. To kinds of but don’t know what all all Unity Fridays in October, show Customcancer, so Breast Cancer Awareness Ink’s support, to do. This gives them he wanted to Month, to Pink Fridays. This she granted Ir- an opportunity to take contribute to adjustment rapidly increased vington a $100 treating the action.” Pink Crews’ sale rates, beat- discount when disease as a -Mr. Willer whole. ing all dance and merchandise Willer placed the sale records in the last four second order of T h e years before finally peaking 250 shirts. Pink Crew on Friday, October 18, with 71 Since ASB is not al- shirts feature two different shirts sold that day. Students lowed to make direct dona- designs, one in charity pink wore Pink Crews to the Battle tions, an anonymous sponsor (light) for females and the othof Blacow on the 19 at the TAK agreed to donate 2 dollars to er in azalea (dark) for males. stadium, where the game was St. Jude’s Children Research However, the general consumheld. Hospital on the behalf of Ir- ers did not follow this gender
coordination, as many male students purchased the more popular charity pink shirt. “I got light pink to differentiate myself from the crowd,” said junior Alan Wang. “It’s no surprise the crowd followed me.” Meanwhile, English teacher Ms. O’Connor and many students’ mothers purchased the azalea shirt. “[Breast cancer] is not just a women’s issue,” said Ms. O’Connor. “I’m glad the men’s shirt acknowledges that.” “This whole experience was a really powerful process. My favorite part is when students come to me and tell me stories about their family members and friends who had breast cancer,” said Willer, reflecting on the Pink Crew movement. “Dealing with breast cancer is a difficult situation; many students want to do something but don’t know what to do. This gives them an opportunity to take action.”
>>WARRIORS continued from Page 1 team, a lot of students here at Irvington would be interested in that.” He also believes that the Warrior’s success, especially from last year’s season, and the “cheaper” ticket prices have contributed to the fundraiser as well. Tickets sold through the fundraiser cost only $25 and are exempt from taxes and other fees associated with ticket purchases made online. When asked about singing the national anthem, Handjojo noted that it was not actually part of the original idea. “I sent an email to the Warriors director and he replied with a list of stuff that we could do. There was a high-five fan tunnel, a play that we could do three hours before the game, and one of the options was singing the national anthem,” explained Handjojo. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’m in Sexy Pitches, why not?’ I sent in a tape of us singing [the national anthem] and they liked it.” Many Irvington students are eagerly anticipating the Warriors fundraiser, according to Handjojo. “I heard from a lot of students that they’re really interested and that they can’t wait for the game, especially for the people who bought tickets.”
GetSchooled Challenge By Iris Lee Through Get Schooled, a program that wants to empower youth through education, Irvington High School may have a chance at a celebrity principal for a day. This year, Irvington is involved in the Get Schooled challenge, a friendly competition between high schools to see which school can get the most people each week to promise to graduate. The winning school in each regional gets 5000 dollars and a dance party topped with a DJ—and the overall winning school receives the cash prize and DJ party as well as a celebrity principal. Possible celebrity principals include hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, NBA Player Jeremy Lin, and International boy band One Direction. “I became involved because I just like topics related to education and this is such a wonderful way to unit our school for a good cause,” Senior Thao Le, Get Schooled Ambassador, said. “Plus, who doesn’t want a celebrity to come to our school?” College and Career Center instructor Mrs. Kimmel supports the Get Schooled movement as well. “I hope the activities will encourage students to have better attendance and reinforce their academic performance, as games are usually academically related.” ASB plans to host lunchtime activities, online games contests, and will give away prizes like free backpacks, shirts, and journals for participation. To participate in the challenge, go online to www.getschooled.com, make an account, and pledge to graduate from high school. Students from Irvington have generated false votes in online contests, leaving the validity of online competitions to be questionable.
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Students can also sign up for celebrity wake up calls and play academic games.
Upcoming Events What’s going on at IHS? 11/8 Indopak Rangeela Garba 11/9 Pancake Breakfast 11/11 Veteran’s Day, No School 11/12 Club Rush 11/15 Deca Movie Night 11/20-11/21 Parent teacher conferences 11/22 Link Movie Night