Ready to Relay

Hundreds of third- through sixth-grade students from 14 area schools attended the eighth annual Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life Friday, April 26, at Washington High School. The event was held indoors because of rain earlier in the day and forecasted rain in the evening. Students raised more than $17,000 to donate to the Franklin County Relay for Life. Over the past eight years, more than $158,000 has been raised in memory of Jordan Scheer, a WHS student who passed away shortly after his graduation in 2005.     Missourian Photo.

The Washington High School Student Council and Leadership Class report another successful year for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay.

According to organizers, despite rain, the eighth annual relay was a “huge success” raising more than $17,878 for the Franklin County Relay for Life, which will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Over 600 students from 14 area schools participated in the four-hour event Friday, April 26, at Washington High School.

The event is held each year to celebrate and remember Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate, who lost his battle to cancer shortly his graduation in 2005. The event also raises awareness about cancer and healthy lifestyles.

“The children enjoyed walking laps and earning trinkets as they moved to disco music,” said Cathy Jinkerson, Student Council co-adviser.

The theme was “Let’s Dance the Night Away. Let’s Find a Cure Today. Let’s All Come Together and Do It the Disco Way!”

The gym was full of entertainment with face painting, a bounce house and hoop shooting, as well as snow cones and games organized by various schools.

The Washington Middle School Student Council and National Junior Honor Society helped with entertainment and serving the kids pizza.

The schools that raised the most money include:

• St. John the Baptist-Gildehaus, $3,353;

• Immanuel Lutheran School, $2,081;

• Labadie Elementary, $1,860; and

• Beaufort Elementary, $1,734.

“I am so proud of all the schools and students for participating,” Jinkerson said. “The amount of money raised from the students is amazing, but what is most important is their commitment to helping our community and serving those in need.

“Cancer is a horrible disease that impacts most of our students,” she noted.

Jinkerson said she hopes the Children’s Relay for Life is the opportunity for students to have a voice in the fight against cancer.

“It is always wonderful to see schools come together for a common cause,” she said. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Washington community.”

During the closing ceremony, winners of the poster and essay contests were announced.

Winners in the third- and fourth-grade poster contest are Lilly Nix, first place, Clearview Elementary; Grace Bryson, second place, Labadie Elementary; and Cody Vondera, third place, St. John the Baptist-Gildehaus School.

Fifth- and sixth-grade poster contest winners are Paige Hall, first place, Washington West; Gabby Henzel, second place, Labadie Elementary; and Anna Schneider, third place, Labadie Elementary.

Winners of the third- and fourth-grade essay contest are Isabel Donner, first place, Marthasville Elementary; Aubrie Moreland, second place, Washington West; and Josie Obermark, third place, Washington West.

There was no fifth- and sixth-grade essay contest. Each winner received a trophy.

Karen Dawson, former Student Council adviser who helped start the Children’s Relay, spoke to the students about Jordan Scheer  — his goals, dreams and how he impacted those around him.

“I realized that instead of mourning Jordan’s passing, we needed to celebrate Jordan’s life,” she said.

Dawson thanked the high school students, grade school students and the advisers for keeping the tradition alive.

“Keep doing what you’re doing, and keep changing the world,” she told the crowd.

The Scheer family also attended the relay. Balloons representing each of the schools participating in the event were released in honor and memory of Jordan Scheer.

Schools that participated in the relay include Augusta, Beaufort, Campbellton, Clearview, Fifth Street, Immanuel Lutheran, Labadie, Marthasville, Our Lady of Lourdes, South Point, St. John the Baptist-Gildehaus, St. Gertrude, St. Vincent de Paul and Washington West.