WHS seniors to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Wheaton High School Class of 2013 will hold a barbecue dinner fundraiser in the school cafeteria beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Proceeds from the event will be used for this year's senior class trip.

"The senior class has historically had a fundraising dinner, usually Italian," said Jeff Musick, father of senior Tyler Musick. "The kids wanted to do something different this year, and they knew my stepdad and mom, Gene and Gladys Miekley, had gotten me a huge smoker for my 50th birthday. It used to be a 500-gallon propane tank that Jeff Cockburn, of Washburn, made for me."

Senior class students thought a barbecue dinner might attract more diners than the usual Italian fare.

"Several of the seniors' fathers, as well as some of the senior boys, will be cooking the barbecue," said Jeff. "One of the senior boys is even making the barbecue sauce.

"The parents and seniors will be making the desserts and serving the food until we sell out," Jeff continued. "It's our last home game and senior night so many of us will be hustling back and forth between the gym and the cafeteria."

In the past, students have served between 100 and 150 people at the annual fundraising dinner. This year, the senior class is preparing to serve up to 250 diners.

Several barbecue dinner options will be available during the event. Diners can choose one-half slab of ribs with side dishes, a drink and dessert for $10. A combination plate, which will include pulled pork, three ribs, sides, a drink and dessert, will be available for $8.

Attendees will also have the choice of two $6 meals. The senior class will offer a barbecued pork sandwich and barbecued chicken nachos meals. The sandwich comes with a side dish, and both entrees will be served with a drink and dessert.

The Wheaton High School senior class is working to collect funds for the annual senior trip. This year's class plans to visit Cozumel, Mexico, in April.

"The seniors are paying for the entire trip themselves and also have to pay for all the sponsors' travel expenses," said Jeff. "The seniors have been working hard to earn enough money for the trip, holding 50/50 drawings, having free-throw contests, running the concessions when available and cleaning the gymnasium after games."

All Wheaton High School classes and organizations have the option of working in the concession stand during the year in order to raise funds for their class or group.

"This is a great opportunity for these kids to get to visit and see another country," said Jeff. "Some of these kids have never been out of the four states and may never have a chance to travel like this again. I'm proud of how hard they've been working, and my wife and I are glad to help these kids."

Meal tickets for the barbecue dinner can be purchased in advance from a member of the senior class or at the Wheaton High School office. Tickets will also be available at the door on Feb. 11.

"Community members should plan to attend to receive a great meal and support the kids at the same time by coming to the Wheaton-Purdy basketball games that evening," said Eric Roller, who serves as class sponsor with David Bolton.

All community members are invited to attend.

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