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SD 230 honored for largest Relay for Life

Accepting Consolidated High School District 230 Relay for Life award for largest high school event country are (from left) JustMcCurdy

Accepting the Consolidated High School District 230 Relay for Life award for the largest high school event in the country are (from left) Justin McCurdy (Sandburg), Julie Zielinski (Stagg), Nora Chlum (Andrew), teacher Jake Kruchten (Sandburg) and Maureen Strode (Sandburg). | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 18, 2014 3:10PM



The 2013 District 230 Relay for Life was recognized for being the most successful and largest high school Relay in the nation, raising more than $350,000 last year. It was only surpassed by Virginia Tech University for youth relays in the country.

Representing the District 230 All-Youth Relay for Life team at the Illinois Relay for Life Leadership Conference at Concordia University were students Justin McCurdy from Sandburg, Julie Zielinski from Stagg, Nora Chlum from Andrew, Maureen Strode from Sandburg and teacher Jake Kruchten from Sandburg.

Kyle Polk and Zach Doman, 2011 graduates of Sandburg and Andrew High Schools, organized the conference.

Retired Sandburg Principal Debbie Boniface, Sandburg student Maureen Strode and an American Cancer Society representative were guest speakers.

Two breakout sessions were led by Sandburg students Justin McCurdy and Barrie Chileen. Throughout the conference, District 230 students gave tips and advice to representatives from top-notch universities such as Northwestern University, University of Illinois, DePaul University and the University of Chicago on how to make their Relay for Life events successful. “The District 230 Relay for Life has become world-renown(ed) due to the success, dedication and ingenuity of the students and staff over the past 17 years,” Kruchten said. “In that time, District 230’s Relay has raised more than $3.35 million for cancer research and support for those undergoing treatment.”

Staff report



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