November 21, 2013
Harrells Christian Academy’s first ever 5K Run/walk for Technology was a huge success, raising more than $15,000 to help meet the technology needs at the high school level.
Over 120 runners and walkers of all ages came out last Saturday morning, Nov. 16, at River Landing in Wallace, to participate in this event
It was a comfortable sunny and 58 degree morning as eager participants fired off the starting line promptly at 9 a.m. After only nineteen minutes had ticked from the clock, onlookers got a glimpse of the first runners approaching the finish line. First across was Cameron Simmons, male first place winner, with a time of 19:44; HCA sophomore Davis Jones was steps behind finishing at the 19:51 mark. Suzanne Tulsey, first place female winner, was the third participant to cross the finish line. Her time was 20:02. Following Tulsey, HCA high school student Spencer Cooke earned third place in the male division as he finished at 20:46. Other female winners were Lindsey Dean, second place, 21:21, and Jennifer Rouse, third place, with a time of 26:57.
Karen Burton, director of HCA’s advancement team, coordinated the event with the help of Michelle Quinn, Alumni and Giving Coordinator. High school students and staff also took part by working in all areas of the race.
Burton and Quinn were very pleased with the success of this meaningful fundraiser and have already begun planning for next year’s second annual event. They shared their overwhelming gratitude to all who helped make the Run/Walk for Technology possible.
“Advancing technology in our high school will help our students be more prepared for lifelong learning in a 21st century world and also make them more globally competitive. Due to the generous support of our 5K sponsors, participants, and volunteers, we will be able to fulfill and expand our technological needs at the high school level,” expressed Burton.
This story was contributed by Gina Strickland, HCA publicist.