Howell High School Seniors Ready to Try and Survive Living in School for One Week
On Sunday, April 24, 14 Howell High School seniors will move into
their school for one week. The students are competing in the school’s
annual Senior Survivor fundraiser. Throughout the week, each student
will collect donations during the day and compete in action-packed
immunity challenges at night. At the end of each school day, the two
Senior Survivor contestants who raised the least amount of money for the
day will be eliminated. The senior class has set this year’s
fundraising goal at $50,000.
This year, the Senior Survivor
fundraiser will benefit Stiggy’s Dogs, an organization very close to the
Howell Public Schools community. Stiggy’s Dogs is a nonprofit
organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be service dogs for
veterans living with traumatic brain injuries or posttraumatic stress
disorder. Stiggy’s Dogs was founded in memory of Hospital Corpsman Third
Class Benjamin (Doc Stiggy) Castiglione, a Howell High School alumnus
who gave his life while serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan.
Stiggy’s Dogs was chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s Senior
Survivor because 2016 would have marked Castiglione’s 10-year high
Each day, a new video chronicling this year’s
Senior Survivors’ journey will be posted at http://goo.gl/4q7HoH. The
total amount raised for Stiggy’s Dogs will be announced during a pep
assembly on Friday, April 29.
Since beginning in 2008, Senior
Survivor has raised more than $128,000 for various charities. In 2008,
students raised $5,000 for the Mackenzie Watts Scholarship Fund. In
2009, they raised $8,535 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2010, $7,488
was raised for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. In 2011, students
raised $5,759 for The Connection Youth Services. In 2012, $13,375 was
raised for ARC of Livingston. In 2013, $20,229 was split between the Zac
Cain Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness and in 2014
$27,000 was raised for The Rainbow Connection and in 2015 $41, 215 was
raised for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.