High school junior raises more than a thousand dollars for Relay For Life with Trigg County Day of Service
by Hawkins Teague
Apr 25, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As a member of the elite Kentucky Now youth council, Trigg County High School junior Alex Jenkins worked diligently for the last couple of months to organize the first Trigg County Day of Service. She called dozens of area businesses and manufacturing plants to get donations for the event, which is tied to the National and Global Youth Service Day.

At the end of Saturday’s event, which took place in the high school gym, it was announced that Jenkins had helped raise $1,105.23, all of which will be donated to this year’s Trigg County Relay for Life.

In the morning, dozens of children showed up for games and sketches performed by the high school’s drama club. Jenkins said one of the sketches was about bullies and showed a bully pressuring his classmates to give him the answers on a homework assignment. Another was about stereotypes and featured a storeowner that assumed that a group of teenagers was going to steal simply because they were young. Student volunteers also stressed to young attendees the importance of striving to well on the quickly approaching CATS tests.

The crowd dwindled a bit by the afternoon, but several of the young children stuck around for the activities geared toward high school students. It was then that “Trigg Idol” took place, a spoof of the popular television show “American Idol.” Several teachers played the judges. Gary Siegmund played Randy Maxin’, a counterpart to the show’s Randy Jackson. Theresa played Paula Fabdul, a double of the always-encouraging Paula Abdul. Erin Eagleson played Simon Towel, thinking up one-liners on the spot to make fun of contestants in the tradition of the often vicious Simon Cowell.

Simon Radford was the first to perform a song. When he was finished, Siegmund said, “That was marvelous, dawg.” Eagleson, however, said, “At this stage of the competition, you got to bring you’re a game.”

“I expected that because you don’t have any hair,” Radford shot back.

As the singers progressed, Siegmund and Wilson consistently praised the performers while Eagleson warmed up to choosing the perfect insults. After Natasha Wharton and Rodreyanna Jones sang “I Just Can’t Give Up Now” at the top of their lungs, Eagleson responded, “What was the name of that song again? Well, you probably should have given up.”

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