Senior Survivor 2018

Howell High School’s Senior Survivor Raises Record-Breaking Amount
Posted on 05/04/2018
The 2018 Senior Survivors

5/4/18 - Following a busy week of fundraising, competitions and 14 students living in their school, Howell High School’s Senior Survivor fundraiser has raised an astounding $88,000. Katelin Bensman was named the winner of Senior Survivor for outraising all of the other survivors. The money raised will be split between to non-profit organizations, the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and LACASA. FARA is special to the senior class as one of their classmates is affected by the rare disease which causes nervous system damage and movement problems. Since it began 11 years ago, Howell High School’s Senior Survivor has raised more than $350,000 for various charities.

Senior Survivor began Sunday, April 29, when 14 Howell High School seniors moved into their school with the goal of remaining in the competition until Friday. The students collected donations during the day and competed in immunity and reward challenges at night. Some of the challenges included a food challenge involving eating snails, completing an obstacle course, driving a police car through a training course and a lip sync battle. At the end of each school day, the two Senior Survivor contestants who raised the least amount of money that day were eliminated.

New this year, Junior Survivors supported the fundraising efforts of the high school students. The Junior Survivors were fifth-grade students who collected donations on behalf of the Senior Survivors. The fifth-grade students raised more than $5,600 towards this year’s total. Additionally, several schools around the district held various fundraisers to donate to Senior Survivor.

“Each year Senior Survivor brings our school, district, and community together as one. It is incredible that high school students can raise more than $88,000 in just one week,” said Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal. “I am always amazed at the generosity shown by our students and community during Senior Survivor.”

This year’s Howell High School Senior Survivors were Madelynn Adams (Team ADAM$), Craig Douglas (Team C-Dougie), Natalie Chandler (Team Chandelier), Carter Smith (Team C-$MITTY), Dannah Janke (Team Dirty Dan), Jeremy Coen (Team J. Co), John Lynch (Team J-Lynch), Josh Trierweiler (Team Joshwerska), Riley Kirkpatrick (Team Kiltpatrick), Katelin Bensman (Team KT), Laelae Amituanai (Team Laelow), Jack Seck (Team LL Cool Jack), Madeline Bradner (Team Madbrad), and Reanne Szafranski (Team Skii).

About FARA
FARA's Mission is to marshal and focus the resources and relationships needed to cure Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) by raising funds for research, promoting public awareness, and aligning scientists, patients, clinicians, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other organizations dedicated to curing FA and related diseases.

About LACASA
LACASA is a Livingston County based full-service agency that supports and advocates for survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. They provide prevention, education, and awareness to strengthen families and make the community safer.

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