D230 Relay for Life one of the biggest in nation

  • Written by By Carla Erdey

  The 2013 High Schoolpage-9-2-col-D230-relayAccepting the District 230 Relay for Life award for the largest high school event in the country are Justin McCurdy (Sandburg), Julie Zielinski (Stagg), Nora Chlum (Andrew), teacher Jake Kruchten (Sandburg) and Maureen Strode (Sandburg). Submitted photo. 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.
  In addition to the current students leaders’ participation at the conference, the success of the District 230 Relay For Life was apparent. The two individuals who organized the conference were Kyle Polk and Zach Doman, 2011 graduates of Sandburg and Andrew.
  There were three guest speakers including retired Sandburg Principal Debbie Boniface, Sandburg student Maureen Strode and an American Cancer Society representative.
  Also, two of the three 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, the 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 due to the success, dedication and ingenuity of the students and staff over the past 17 years,” said Kruchten. “In that time, District 230’s Relay has raised more than $3.35 million for cancer research and support for those undergoing treatment.”