Hermann High’s spirited “penny war” raises $1,000
By staff writer
A combination of generous students and faculty, the competitive nature of classes and the spirit of the holidays all contributed to one of the best “penny wars” ever at Hermann High School.
The Hermann FFA chapter sponsored the penny war from Dec. 3-14. Students could donate food items to their fifth hour classes and pennies to their first hour classes. While students could donate pennies and dollar bills to their first hour classes, they could also put silver coins in other class’ cups in an effort to sabotage each other and come out ahead. Silver coins counted as negatives to a class, while pennies and dollar bills counted as positive.
The penny war started off slow, but as the days passed students became more competitive with not only students of other classes, but with other teachers as well. Once competition started, the money came rolling in and soon almost all cups in all classes were filled with coins and bills.
The money was counted Friday, December 14, and it was announced that Will Zwikelmaier’s first hour band class placed first in the penny war with a total of $144.55. They actually collected $292 but were sabotaged $73.
Miss Leah Lerb’s fifth hour government class raised the most food items with a total of 115. Doug Ridder’s Agricultural Construction class placed second, followed by Miss Niki Buschmann’s Anatomy class, in the penny war.
Both Zwikelmaier’s and Lerbs’ classes received homemade deserts, made by the FFA officers, at lunch on Monday, Dec. 17. The Hermann FFA Chapter raised a total of $951.82, and, with the help of a generous donor, collected an even $1,000 and 200 food items for the Hermann Food Pantry.
The FFA officer team was divided into four committees. The committee of Casey Neuner, Emily Thompson, Ethan Brandt and Mikayla Engemann were in charge of planning and advertising this event. The timing could not have been better as the holidays were nearing. The committee, along with other FFA officers, counted the money daily to announce the totals and create the competitive spirit that was needed to be so successful.