This year's Snowball Queen contestants brought in money for a good cause.
Sophomore class advisor Joann Gabel put up signs announcing that any girl at Elkins High School could become Snowball Queen with one catch; she had to raise the most money for the Expressions of Color Autism Resource Center in Elkins.
These students put their competitiveness to good use. When one raised $100, another wanted to raise $200. This prime example of a snowball effect resulted in thousands of dollars for the Autism Center.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Carra Higgins
Shown here are 11 Elkins High School students who raised funds to support the Expressions of Color Autism Resource Center in Elkins. In front, from left, are juniors Alesa Foster, Miracle Boltz and Samantha Phares, sophomore Rebecca Smith and freshman Catherine Brake. In back, from left, are seniors Rachel Burky and Kenna Balducci, junior Kaleemah Woodward, freshman Jade Thompson, freshman Anne Wilson and junior Emily Richards. The student who raised the most money for the resource center, Miracle Boltz, was crowned Snowball queen. Donations collected by each student will be given to the center. The Snowball took place Saturday.
Senior Miracle Boltz won the title of Snowball Queen after raising $767.20. She held a cakewalk at the Beverly Fire Hall with the help of her parents and grandparents.
"I couldn't believe how many people were there," Boltz said.
She raised about $600 at the cakewalk, and the rest came from generous donations.
"It felt really good having to earn it instead of just being voted in," Boltz said. "The money will stay locally, which is nice."
Gabel created a brand new system for choosing a Snowball Queen.
"I was sort of sad that the same girls won all the time for princesses," she said. "Here, anybody could try who wanted to."
Several girls were in the running for Snowball Queen. The girls collectively raised about $3,670.
"I was blown away that those girls did that much," said Gabel. "They are all queens."
The dance was held on Saturday in the EHS Cafeteria. About 250 students attended Snowball.
"Overall, it was an excellent experience," student James Gainer said.
The sophomore class held the dance to raise money for prom. The cafeteria was decorated with a snowball theme, featuring silver and blue snowflakes.
The disc jockey for the dance was Robert Lowther. Several students said that they enjoyed the music this year.
"It was 'old school,'" said Lindsay Topping.
- This article was submitted by Katy Ross from the Elkins High School Newspaper.