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HHS Winterfest ‘kicks out cancer’

During Friday's assembly, members of the student council, including Shelby Lindquist, go into the bleachers to collect spare change for a fellow student.

Luke Froncheck

Staff Writer

Every year, Hastings High School students dedicate Winterfest activities toward a good cause, and this year was no different. Freshman Keegan Portemont, along with being new to Hastings, has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Hastings senior Hannah Johnson said Winterfest allowed the student body to get to know Portemont and learn more about the type of cancer he is battling. The freshman is an avid bull rider who doesn't let his cancer get in the way.

During the Winterfest week, students raised money for Keegan and his family through different fundraisers, including T-shirt sales. Teachers took part, too, having jars assigned to them. Whoever had the jar with the most money got a whipped-cream pie in the face during Friday’s assembly.

Some fundraisers occurred during the assembly. Two students shot basketballs in an effort to raise an extra $150 while the quiz bowl team raised another $150 by answering trivia questions. Student council members also went into the stands to collect spare change. The among of collected donations was not available at press time, but was in the thousands of dollars.

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