By Kristin Bednarski
Batavia High School Students braved the coldest year so far to once again plunge into ice cold water and raise money for Special Olympics.
The annual Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Polar Plunge took place Feb. 2 at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky.
This was the third year the school’s Business Professionals of America chapter has organized a team and participated in the event.
“It was by far the coldest year,” Emily Moon, a senior member, said about the polar plunge this year.
But the cold didn’t stop 72 students, teachers and even administrators and board members from jumping in the ice cold pool.
And while it was a crazy thing to do, participants had fun jumping as a team.
“You could say we all shared a fear bond,” Zainn Ison, a senior, said.
Most of the BPA members, as well as Batavia High School Principal Jamie Corrill and Board of Education President Scott Runck, took the plunge after contributing to fund-raising efforts.
Each individual was asked to raise $50 or $75 depending on his or her age, and the majority of the Batavia students went above and beyond that goal.
Moon said she used social networking and asked a lot of friends to contribute to the cause.
As business students, Hunter Meadors, also a senior, said fund-raising skills are a lot like marketing and sales.
“They go hand-in-hand,” Meadors said. “Basically we were marketing Special Olympics.”
This year, the chapter raised $7,200 for the Polar Plunge. The money is used to fund Special Olympics programs in both Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.
According to Angie Kovacs, a Batavia High School Teacher and chapter supervisor, the team has raised more than $20,000 for Special Olympics over the three years.
“For a business program of 90-something kids to raise $20,000 is pretty awesome,” Meadors said.
The team came in third place this year for fund-raising and won the award for the largest university or school group.
“It’s comforting to know we did our part,” Meadors said about raising money.
Meadors, Moon and Ison said it was also nice to see and hear from individuals who participate in Special Olympics at the event.
“The best thing was a handicapped man jumped in,” Ison said.
Moon said her favorite part was when a female Special Olympics competitor, who competed in the World Games in Italy, spoke to the group.
“The best part is knowing who we’re helping,” Meadors said.
Kovacs said the chapter will be participating in the Polar Plunge again next year. Meadors, Moon and Ison are all seniors, but they said they may have to come back to participate again.