Kent: Huntington Middle raises money for Wounded Warrior Project

February 19, 2014 

Emily Young, the reigning Miss Huntington Middle School, arranged two fundraisers to help the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Huntington Middle School raised $436 for the Wounded Warrior Project last week due in part to the efforts of the reigning Miss Huntington Middle School.

Emily Young, an eighth-grader at the school, was crowned Miss Huntington in November 2013. She had barely had the crown placed on her head when she got to work.

“Miss Huntington is expected to do both a community project and a school project, and you can do more than one,” Emily said.

When looking for an organization to help, Emily didn’t have to look any further than her own family.

“I have many family members that have served,” Emily said. “My grandfather was in the Army for 26 years; my daddy in the Air Force for 22 and my brother has been in the Marines for two years.”

Thankfully, none of Emily’s family has ever been wounded, but Emily said she was aware of Wounded Warriors and knew it to be a wonderful organization.

“They give back to those that have already given so much. They help veterans,” Emily said.

After conferring with Rodney Johnson, a teacher at Huntington Middle School and the faculty adviser for Miss Huntington, Emily arranged two fundraisers for the week before Valentine’s Day.

Fundraising consisted of a Valentine’s Day basket giveaway and an ice cream social. Students purchased tickets to nominate their favorite teacher for a Valentine’s gift basket and then had the opportunity to purchase ice cream on the Huntington Middle School stage during lunchtime. All proceeds supported the Wounded Warrior Project

“We had a good turnout with lots of student and teacher participation,” Emily said. “But we couldn’t have done this without the generous donations from our local community”.

Emily was referring to the donations she received for the basket giveaway, which included a diamond pendant donated by Jack Bryan, of Forever Diamonds, and dinner for two at La Cabana Mexican restaurant, donated by Barbie Jameson. The winner also received a dozen roses courtesy of Yesterday’s and Tomorrow’s Florist.

“I am just so grateful for how well the student body and the teachers participated,” Emily said.

She’s not finished either. She already has a bowl-a-thon planned to raise money for the Relay for Life and a skate-a-thon planned to again benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

“This was the first pageant I have ever been in, but I will be doing the Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen pageant in the summer. I have already chosen the Wounded Warriors for my platform. I think we can go a long way with this,” Emily said.

She already has.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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