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High school students raise $3,000 for cancer charity

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New Albany senior Kelly Furterer hits history teacher Jonathan Dawson in the face with a pie April 12 during the Spring Jam fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the high school. National Honor Society co-president Alex Malik (left) was waiting his turn to be "pied," while physics and chemistry teacher Gregory Morris looks on with a face full of whipped cream. Spring Jam included a raffle for the opportunity to hit a teacher in the face with a pie.

New Albany High School students recently raised $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Members of the National Honor Society and the American Music Club planned the Spring Jam fundraiser held April 12.

National Honor Society co-president Alex Malik said the groups had hoped to raise $1,000, so they were "very pleased with the overall results."

Malik, a senior, said the event was supported by students, who worked the event, and teachers, who agreed to get hit in the face with a pie to help raise money.

"We charged admission, but all proceeds from the event have gone to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," Malik said.

Spring Jam included a talent show, an auction and a raffle for the pie-throwing opportunity. It raised $1,500.

Spring Jam was held in conjunction with a "penny wars" competition to see which high school house could collect the most spare change. The contest raised another $1,500.

Senior Juli Sasaki, co-president of the National Honor Society, said this was the first year for Spring Jam.

-- Lori Wince