Thomas Jefferson's dancing athletes raise funds for THON
Thomas Jefferson High School students who participated in the school's annual “Dancing with the Athletes” competition Jan. 22 raised $1,500, an amount that was double what the event raised last year.
Thirteen student couples participated in the fundraiser, which raised money for the school's Mini-THON, a spinoff of Penn State's THON, a dance marathon that it hosts every year to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
The competition features senior members of the various sports teams. The couples choose their own dance, picked their music and designed costumes and given a month to practice and perfect their routines. Dance styles performed varied from tap to swing dancing.
The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson student council.
EJ Brueggman, a senior who played on the football team, and junior Alanna Lynch won the competition. They performed a country dance to Brooks & Dunn's “Boot Scootin' Boogie” and were awarded a large, gold trophy.
Kevin Peters, a senior, and junior Elena Savikas, who performed a jazz dance, were voted crowd favorite.
Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-871-2346.