Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause
Carle Place Students Battle to Fight Skin Cancer
By: Emily Cotter, Student Organization Secretary, Carle Place High School, Carle Place New York
On Friday, February 3, the Carle Place Student Organization and Key Club hosted the 10th annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause. The donations raised from this year’s battle will be donated to the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC). The campaign was founded by Colette Coyne in memory of her daughter, also named Colette, in order to increase public awareness regarding the dangers and causes of skin cancer in the early education of youth, families and the community. The life of Colette as well as Lynn DeVivo-Bao, sister of Carle Place MS/HS Athletic Director Chris Ceruti, and Leanne Kozak, a Carle Place graduate of the class of 2006, were honored through the event.
After numerous months of planning from the Student Organization and the Key Club, students crowded the main lobby, ready to battle for cause. Senior Maria Buffolino calls BOTC, “one of the most spirited and unified days of the entire year.” During Battle, students participate in events like ultimate frisbee, basketball, tug-of-war, relay races, a skit competition, Wii Just Dance, and a new event, the spelling bee. This event shows how much a small town like Carle Place can come together for an important issue. Students raised over $26,000 for the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign. The goal of this year’s Battle of the Classes was to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer like melanoma and to ensure that students remain diligent when in the sun. Thanks to the efforts of the Student Organization and the Key club, #BOTC2017 is sure to be a night that will be remembered forever. Student organization president, Lauren Nagy, stated that “Battle of the Classes is a really rewarding experience. We get to see the different grades work together to achieve something amazing. After we spent so many hours playing this event, the positive feedback from students and faculty alike make the entire event worthwhile.”
Congratulations to our top fundraiser, junior Gabriella Murray and to the class of 2017 for winning the 2017 Battle of the Classes; Battling for a Cause.
New York State Senator Elaine Phillips (left center), Colette Coyne, Co-Founder of CCMAC (right center), Assemblyman Ed Ra (sixth right), and Evlyn Tsimis (fourth left) of Altice Connects and Amanda Pugliese of News 12 Varsity (fourth right) and the outstanding students from Carle Place High School receiving a check for $1000.00 dollars donated by Altice Connect to support the CPHS Students Battle for a Cause.