OHS Raises Nearly $4,000 to Rachel’s Light


Connor Budach

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Haylee Mullenbach, Writer

OHS holds an annual Cash Drive event where an organization is honored and funds are raised in support. Some of the activities that raised money included movie night, basketball extravaganza, lunch events and the NHS talent show. This event is something the student body looks forward to each year. This year the event was run by the OHS Student Council and National Honor Society with assistance from the advisers Ms. Sandra Justice, Ms. Elizabeth Fink and Ms. Gail Tratz. Although COVID-19 made some activities look different this year, the outcome was still another great success. 

This year’s Cash Drive results went to Rachel’s Light. Rachel’s Light is a non-profit organization in Owatonna that provides basic needs such as: food, shelter, toiletries and bedding to women and children in the community. The Cash Drive, hosted by OHS Student Council, worked together to raise awareness about Rachel’s Light. The total money raised was $3,971.04 not including Venmo, PayPal, or Facebook donations. Money that was raised from the events was enough to pay for 88 days of hosting a family. Ms. Justice said, “The ability of both student council and National Honor Society to work together helped amplify this event and we hope to include more student activities in the future.”

Basketball Extravaganza Event

One of the favored events was the basketball extravaganza. The team winner this year was named “Pilchies Babies”. Team members included seniors Ashton Jensen, Emma Dahnert, Jacob Meiners, Wendell Relacion, Jonathan Wall, Cade Woltman, Zach Stransky, Mason Saufferer and junior Eli Knutson. The team was led by coaches Sarah Kingland, Lincoln Maher, Nic Pilcher and Lane Versteeg. Overall, the team had a lot of fun playing the game as well as raising money for a good cause. Wall said, “The team had elite chemistry, worked hard, and took home the win. Pilchies Babies had a fun night and were glad we got to raise the money too.”

NHS Talent Show

Through these events, OHS students, staff and members of the community, raised money to support Rachel’s Light. This event ended at the NHS talent show with the announcement of 2021 Snow Week King and Queen: Emily Hagen and Nic Pilcher. The winner of the 2021 talent show was senior Wilo Omot.