Together with Mrs. Flannery and Student Government, NHS Extreme Leadership reps, Nate Rynd and Chloe Maalouf hosted MORP on Thursday, February 16. This laid back school dance and service project was planned to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The well-known Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in the United States that helps fulfill the wishes of children with a critical illness between the ages of 2 and 18 years old.

For only $10 each, Neshannock students in grades 9-12 were welcome to enjoy an evening of dancing and fun. In addition to DJ entertainment from Aaron Viggiano, students also enjoyed playing yard pong and excitement with inflatable ax throwing and an inflatable “wrecking ball” game. Students were encouraged to dress up in costumes as individuals, pairs, or groups. We had everything from Ken and Barbie to Doc Brown and Marty McFly! Before the evening wrapped up, Nate and Chloe announced the winners – based on crowd applause – for the costume contest. Nicky Cunningham won the individual contest in a homemade, villainous super hero costume, and Will Morgan and Ella Kosior won the couples contest as Despicable Me’s Vector and Dr. Gru! Winners received Chick-fil-A gift cards.

After submitting an application, Nate and Chloe were awarded a grant from Neshannock Township Education Foundation. Thanks to this funding, 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Make-a-Wish. In addition to paying for their tickets, several students and their parents donated an additional amount to benefit the Foundation. Nate and Chloe were also thrilled to see that a number of faculty and staff members submitted donations for this service project. In total, NTSD will be submitting a donation of more than $1,800 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

We are incredibly proud of the leadership demonstrated by Nate and Chloe throughout the entire process.  From planning and advertising to setting up and executing, they did a superb job! Special thanks to Mrs. Flannery, Mrs. Hiler, Mrs. Measel, Mrs. Norris, and Mr. Passarelli for volunteering their time to chaperone the event.  MORP was well attended and a good time was had by all. We anticipate that MORP will become an annual tradition for our students to enjoy for years to come.

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