Every spring the students at Pendleton High School coordinate fund-raising efforts to raise money for children. This year, instead of the annual fund-raiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the students turned their sights closer to home, raising money to help Tyna Baker-Van Pelt in her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Baker-Van Pelt, who will be a member of the PHS Class of 2008, was on hand to receive the check for $3,134. The money was raised by Spring Fling events: $1,675 came from Penny Wars, $945 from Thursday's talent show, $461 from the Black Light Volleyball Tournament, and $53 from the Key Club Car Show.

Baker-Van Pelt, an eighth-grader at Sunridge Middle School also got a sneak preview of what's waiting for her when she reaches high school. The 2004 Spring Recognition Assembly was an event of many moods, from the silence of pantomime to the fiery guitars of the band Kirkwater.

Katie O'Grady, who with pianist Carly Edwards took first in the individual/small group category of the talent contest, began the assembly with The Star Spangled Banner.

The girl's basketball team, which gets to hang a state tournament-participant banner on the wall of Warberg Court, was the first to enjoy the applause of its peers.

Then the crowd was treated to a performance of Air Tallica, a creative bunch of "air" musicians who won the talent show's Bucky Award the night before. The band is comprised of John Fisher, Kipp Curtis, Tyler Seibold and Chase Berry.

Once the students' ears stopped ringing, two of the most prolific award-winning organizations at the high school were introduced -- the FFA and the school's drama department. Students Roderick Skoltz of Holland and Katie Warhol performed their original pantomime, "Laptop Love," which took first at the state competition and will be presented at the national competition in June. Also saluted were the state champions from the Future Business Leaders of America and the music department.

The nine winners of the Key Club's Car Show were also announced, including Kim Jones, who won in the Best Teacher's Car category. All of those winners, from the classic to the beater, were awarded trophies.

A team of juniors sstole the show in Blacklight Volleyball, beating out the second-place sophomores. Senior teams placed third and fourth. The winning team was comprised of Brad Winter, Matt Gundlach, Seth Cox, Jackie Herman, Danielle Gipson, Chrissy Johnston, Lindsay Oliver and Sarah West.

Spirit points were awarded to each class based on their participation in the fund-raising events. Seniors chalked up a winning total of 1,300 points, the juniors were in second place with 1,000. Sophomores earned 800 and freshmen garnered 200.

An "air" band isn't the only band at PHS. Kirkwater, which won first place in the band category of the talent show, consists of Andy Pinkerton, Keith Johnson, Joey Dallas and Wes Matlock (along with special guest T.J. Tangney).

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