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Austin Mohr, a senior, throws the ball during a dodge ball tournament, which was put on by the Health Occupation Students of America organization, Monday night at Mitchell High School. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Dodge ball tourney supports MHS club

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For a new Mitchell High School club, there’s no better way to get students interested in supporting it than to host a dodge ball tournament.

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Monday at the high school gymnasium, Health Occupation Students of America put on a dodge ball event, which consisted of 12 teams of six or more players on each team. The tournament fee was $15 per team, earning the club $180 for future projects.

“It’s really helped give us a name because this has been really popular around the high school the past few weeks,” HOSA President Mason Wenzel said, adding the club has hosted dodge ball games for several weeks. “I think it gets HOSA out there and lets people know what it actually does, not only for our organization but for the high school.”

The club’s supervisor, teacher Tricia Neugebauer, said the club has been a success in its first year.

“There’s a lot of interest in the student body for health careers, and one of the main purposes is to help kids get experiences, contacts, networking and those things that will help them hopefully succeed in their futures.

“We’re helping the kids start thinking about health careers and what they specifically want to do. Then, it’s what can we do to help them get there.”

Wenzel said the club, which has 36 members, helped with the flu shot clinic at the Corn Palace in October and will help with a high school blood drive later this year.

“We want to be as active as we can because it allows us to get a feel of what it’s going to be like in the medical field,” he said.

The dodge ball tournament helped fundraise for HOSA members to go on trips, which will further their knowledge of the medical profession. Neugebauer said the money will be used for transportation and student fees for the state competition, which is later in the school year.

“We want to get involved in anything we can get our fingers into,” she said. “These types of fundraisers will help us alleviate some of the costs for students to go on these trips.”

Neugebauer added the dodge ball tournament was a fitting idea for a fundraiser for a health club.

“Now days, people often sell something to do with food,” she said, “and we thought that selling cinnamon rolls wouldn’t be very fitting for a club promoting jobs in the health field. The kids came up with the tournament and it’s been a hit, especially among the male population. They’re loving it.”

Kristin Pistulka, a sophomore at MHS, said she enjoyed being one of few girls playing in the tournament.

“It’s been really fun and it helps the school get together and do something as a unit,” she said. “It feels nice knowing that by being involved in this event, it’s helping kids from our school out.”

The Dodge Fathers won the tournament.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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