It had been a tradition here at CMHS for students to donate whatever they could into a box placed into their classrooms. Last year, however, ASB decided to change it up a bit. They came up with the idea of COIN WARS. It was a competition between classes where the coins are the points. However, the trump card in this year's competition was the dollar bill, for it counted as negative points to a class's overall score.
ASB President Courtney Hatch stated, “It is an intense competition. People are super serious about winning."
Ms. Scott, ASB Adviser, mentioned, “Last year with the Coin War idea we raised over $2000. We wouldn’t even raise a quarter of it with the boxes idea."
“It’s an incredible way to start off the year. It sets the tone for a good class and school spirit all while raising money for a good cause,” said Senior Class President Angel Jesudasen.
Several people might agree with Angel, but some don’t. Someone stated that “it was too early [for Coin Wars], [we are] not settled into school yet.” However, according to Ms. Scott, “[ASB] purposely did the Coin Wars early this year to start off the school year with more school spirit.”
Last week was stressful for many of the students. For example, senior Jennifer Daley said, “It is an excellent way of raising money, but super stressful.” This shows how involved the students were.
Mesa had many students donating money. Most of them said it was because they wanted to win and be proud of their class, and at the same time the money goes to a good cause. One of Mesa’s biggest contributors was Shannon McCormick. In total she donated $62, putting a $20 bill in the junior class, $15 dollars for the freshmen, another $15 for the seniors and $32 in coins towards her own class. She said she did it because she didn’t like how everybody underestimated the sophomores, and wanted to win to prove that the class of 2015 is the best. She said, “It was a good cause too."
Even though seniors were in first place for the first two days, they could not keep up because of all the students that put dollar bills in the senior bucket. Multiple 20 dollar bills were found in the senior bucket. On Friday, sophomores were announced as the winners of the Coin Wars. Although the other classes were not happy with the results, much funds were raised.